Police made drugs haul at Long Sutton storage company

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A police raid on a Long Sutton storage firm unearthed cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis, all for the personal use of the firm’s boss James Parnell, magistrates heard.

Parnell (35), of Lapwater Lane, Holbeach St Marks, pleaded guilty to possessing 18.56 grams of the class A drug cocaine, possessing 9.98 grams of the class A drug MDMA (ecstasy) and possessing 546 grams of the class B drug cannabis when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday).

Sentence was adjourned to October 21 for a probation report.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit arrived at Salvadori Storage at 8.20am on June 25.

An officer approached Parnell, explained the reasons for their presence, and asked if they were going to find anything illegal.

Mr Clare said Parnell told the officers about drugs on the premises, including 30 green hand grenades (ecstasy), and explained that the substances were for his own use.

The prosecutor told the court it “was quite a large amount for simple possession” but the police had accepted his explanation.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Parnell had been using drugs since he was 12.

“He does have a large habit,” said Mr Alexander.

Police had accepted the offences were matters of straightforward possession and the court should deal with him on that basis.

Mr Alexander said it was quite clear that Parnell was using drugs to “try to blot out” what had happened to him in the past and the case was not suitable for a same-day probation report if there were mental health reasons for use of the drugs. Parnell tried to get some counselling about a year ago, but could not afford it.

“It’s the reason he’s using the drugs that’s the problem here,” said Mr Alexander.