A RETAIL worker who was found with a £30,000 stash of cannabis at home has been given a community order.
Haroon Hanif (38), of Ferrars Drive, Tinsley, initially told police that all of the cannabis was for him — but later admitted he was sharing it with a friend.
Mr Samuel Ponniah, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court last Wednesday (3) that police had found a large number of bags of herbal cannabis at Hanif’s home while executing a warrant for an unrelated offence.
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He said police had not found any evidence of drug dealing paraphernalia such as snap bags or weighing scales.
But officers seized 2.95kg of cannabis which had a potential street value of £29,650, Mr Ponniah said.
Hanif was arrested after the June 2019 incident and initially he told officers that all of the cannabis was for personal use.
However, he later admitted he had lied and that he had been storing the cannabis for a friend, Mr Ponniah said.
He said both he and his friend would use the drug.
Hanif pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class B drugs at an earlier hearing at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.
Mitigating, Mr Ayman Khokhar said Hanif’s marriage had broken down in late 2018 and he had been living alone when he was found with the cannabis.
“He started to increase the amount of cannabis he smoked as a coping mechanism and he made an error of judgement in agreeing to store a large amount of cannabis for an associate,” said Mr Khokhar.
“There was no evidence that Mr Hanif was involved in the sale of drugs, whether that is commercial quantities or street supply.”
Mr Khokar said Hanif worked for Next five days a week and was again living with his wife and two children.
Judge Peter Kelson gave Hanif a 12-month community order and ordered him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
He ordered Hanif to carry out 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirement and pay £425 costs.