A DONCASTER grandfather who looked after a drug dealer’s stash for just a few hours before police raided his home has escaped going to jail.
Colin Patrick Grainger told police he ‘had no choice’ because he knew the dealer was violent - but he insisted the amphetamine, worth more than £1,600, be collected before his grandchildren returned home.
But it was police who turned up first, armed with a search warrant, and a sniffer dog who helped them find the bag of drugs in his freezer.
Grainger, 42, of Chestnut Avenue, Rossington, pleaded guilty to possessing 168g of amphetamine with intent to supply when he appeared at Doncaster Crown Court.
After his arrest he confirmed he was asked at about 10am that day to look after the package and knew it contained drugs and told the dealer ‘he would have to collect it before the children got back’, said Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting.
The drugs had a street value of £1,680. Grainger has a previous conviction for possessing amphetamine in September 2007 but no recent offences on his record.
His barrister, Christopher Geeson, said the defendant had them for only three hours before the police turned up and would have kept them no more than five hours.
“He was a very short term custodian and has kept out of trouble for some time.”
Mr Geeson said Grainger spent most of his time looking after his grandchildren.
Sentencing him to a four month prison term, suspended for a year, Judge Jacqueline Davies told the defendant: “You are not a man of good character and have matters relating to drugs on your record but you have been out of trouble for four-and-a-half years now.
“It is possible, because of your early plea, that I can suspend the sentence.”
Grainger was handed a 12 month supervision order and 150 hours of unpaid work.
The drugs have also been confiscated.