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Suspected dealer packing almost a quarter million dollars worth of weed in two suitcases accepted ride from police

Nov 3, 2021
The court heard that Jesse Winsborough, 30, had crashed his car during the snowstorm, with the vehicle actually ending up on its roof and the trunk open, according to the BBC. His co-accused h ...

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An accused drug dealer in the U.K. who was nabbed when his stinky secret, about 14 kilograms of cannabis, was revealed after he and his co-accused accepted a ride from police during a blizzard will need to wait a little longer to find out his sentence.

The court heard that Jesse Winsborough, 30, had crashed his car during the snowstorm, with the vehicle actually ending up on its roof and the trunk open, according to the BBC. His co-accused has been identified as Jade Lawlor, reports The Scottish Sun.

Another motorist, seeing their damaged vehicle, told the two accused that he had called police for assistance. The two asked why he had done so and, feeling uncomfortable, the motorist reportedly returned to his vehicle.

Winsborough and Lawlor were said to then walk away. The BBC reports they were seen wheeling two suitcases full of 14 kilograms of cannabis, said to be worth £140,000 ($238,000), along a major roadway in Scotland.

Winsborough was part of a county lines drug trafficking scheme and admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis on a journey between London and Perthshire in January of 2020, according to The Scottish Sun.

After police officers arrived on the crash scene a little after midnight, they saw the damaged vehicle and traced the two wayward travellers about an hour later.

Given that the two accused were stranded on the roadway, officers asked if they wanted a ride to somewhere safe, where they could then arrange for a lift.

For some reason, the two accepted the offer, but it took very little time for the officers to suspect that the “strong smell” emanating from the suitcases was weed as they placed the luggage in the police vehicle.

A search later confirmed that was the case, with the suitcases revealing an unidentified number of vacuum-packed packages of cannabis. Initially, however, both suitcases were locked and the co-accused reported they did not know the combinations, according to The Scottish Sun.

In the U.K., the government notes it is illegal to take, carry, make, sell, deal or share drugs, including cannabis. Possessing a Class B drug like cannabis can carry five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both, while supplying or producing the drug can lead to a top penalty of 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

Winsborough has admitted to being involved in supplying cannabis between London and Perthshire in January of 2020. He is to be sentenced next month.

Per The Scottish Sun, the Crown accepted Lawlor’s not guilty plea.

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