Leicester woman convicted after drugs found in garden
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A 29-year-old woman who hid drugs in a garden has been convicted at Leicester Crown Court today (Wednesday 11 September).
Following a trial lasting three days, Sophie Ingram, of Narborough Road South was found guilty of the charges of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and perverting the course of justice.
Connor Smith, 27, of Stephenson Drive, Leicester pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice before the trial began.
They will be sentenced on 18 October.
Ingram was arrested when officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), attended Ingram’s address on 7 September 2017 as part of an ongoing investigation. A search of the garden recovered a black bin liner containing a kilogram of cannabis hidden inside a barbecue.
The following month Smith sent a letter to police admitting he was responsible for the drugs found in Ingram’s garden.
He claimed he had found the drugs at a friend’s house and went to Ingram’s address where he asked her for a bag. When Ingram left the property he said he climbed the back gate and stashed the drugs inside the barbecue. He told police Ingram did not know what he had done.
Officers carried out a thorough investigation of the evidence and a forensic examination of the recovered drugs revealed evidence linking Ingram to the packaging around the drugs. Officers were able to discredit both Smith and Ingram’s versions of events by proving points made by the pair to be false and impossible.
Investigator Emily Sharpe, from EMSOU, said: “Thanks to the diligence and perseverance of the investigating team the defendants have been brought to justice.
“Today’s outcome should serve as a warning that offences of this nature will not be tolerated and that those intent on committing drug offences will be thoroughly investigated and will be prosecuted.”