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Fine for man caught with cannabis during police raid in Croydon


Aug 12, 2022

A Londoner was held in the cells for almost a week as police feared he may have ‘packed’ drugs inside him.

Kingsley Spencer, 31, was arrested after police raided his flat in Croydon on August 3, when they found a small amount of cannabis consistent with personal use. He was taken to an Oxfordshire police station.

But it was not until Monday, August 8, that he was released from the cells – with police holding him as they ‘felt he had further drugs on him’, prosecutor Anne Sawyer-Brandish told Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

The justices were not told of any further drugs being found. Spencer, of Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.

In mitigation, he was said to have used cannabis since the age of 14. He was fined £80 and ordered to pay £119 in costs and surcharge.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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