Two men guilty of growing cannabis in Rugby

The police, air ambulance and ambulance service were at the scene
The police, air ambulance and ambulance service were at the scene

After two officers in an unmarked police car found their way blocked by another car, they became suspicious when the passenger slid across to the driver’s seat and moved it.

And when they went over to check the Peugeot after it had pulled up nearby, they were overwhelmed by the smell of cannabis from a coolbag in the passenger foot well.

So when driver Ian McIver returned to the vehicle, he and passenger Fraser Campbell were arrested.

Both men pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to producing cannabis after plants were then found growing at their Rugby homes.

But McIver, 55, of St Andrews Crescent, Rugby, and Campbell, 47 of Follager Road, Rugby, denied a further charge of possessing quantities of cannabis with intent to supply them. They claimed the thousands of pounds worth of cannabis found by the police was all for their own use, with McIver claiming he used it to relieve a painful medical condition.

But the jury found both of them guilty by a majority of 11-1, and they were granted bail for pre-sentence reports to be prepared on them.

The court heard that following the pair’s arrest in April 2013 their homes were then searched.

At Campbell’s home officers found a sports bag with eight re-sealable bags of skunk cannabis, weighing an average of 27.6 grams each, in it. They also found two further bags containing a further 7.15 grams of skunk, a growing tent with a single cannabis plant in it, and £2,440 in cash in a safe.

At McIver’s home they found a hydroponic system with 12 cannabis plants and five bags containing a total of just under 100 grams of cannabis.

Both men, who said they had been friends for a number of years, claimed they were growing the cannabis for their own use, and did not intend to sell the cannabis they already had.

Giving evidence, McIver insisted that the cannabis was all for their own use, saying he used it heavily to help relieve a painful medical problem.