Barbecue drugs woman convicted in Leicester

A woman who hid drugs in her barbecue was convicted in Leicester Crown Court yesterday.

Sophie Ingram, 29, was arrested when officers conducted a search of her garden and recovered a black bin liner containing a kilogram of cannabis hidden inside a barbecue.

Ingram, of Narborough Road South, along with Connor Smith, 27, of Stephenson Drive, both claimed Smith had hidden the package without Ingram’s knowledge.

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.

However, forensic examination of the package linked Ingram directly to the drugs.

She was found guilty at Leicester Crown Court of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and perverting the course of justice.

Smith admitted perverting the course of justice before the trial began. Both will be sentenced on 18 October.

Investigator Emily Sharpe said: “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.”

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