Police cannabis raid has left a man without a home

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A man is being asked to leave his home following a police raid when eight “small bags” of cannabis were seized.

Darren Osborne (29), of Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, uses the banned drug to help him cut down on alcohol, magistrates heard.

Osborne wasn’t at home when police executing a search warrant broke in and found the drugs.

His solicitor, Mike Alexander, told the court: “His landlord has effectively said ‘you have to find somewhere else to live’. He has not only suffered a day in custody as a result of this – he is now going to be homeless.”

Mr Alexander said Osborne had been struggling with his alcohol consumption for some time and used cannabis to help him stop drinking.

“He knows cannabis is illegal and he knows he should stop,” said Mr Alexander.

The court heard Osborne had sought help in the past from DART (Drugs and Alcohol Recovery Team) and has contacted them again.

Magistrates on Thursday adjourned the hearing to June 13 for a probation report.

Osborne admitted possessing cannabis on May 11.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said the cannabis was found in re-sealable plastic bags. Police interviewed him later and Osborne said he wasn’t sure all of the cannabis was his, but he smoked the drug daily.