UK: Man jailed after police find his fingerprints on £16,000 cannabis haul seized in raid

A man has been jailed after police were able to link him to a 1.4kg haul of cannabis seized during a raid in Leicester. Officers discovered the cannabis, which had an estimated street value of around £16,000, in a property in Rannoch Close, in Beaumont Leys, in February last year.

Forensics specialists examined the bags in which it was stored and found Mason Cooper’s fingerprints and DNA. Cooper, of Cross Hedge Close, also Beaumont Leys, was charged with a number of offences arising from the raid.

However, there were two incidents prior to this in which Cooper, 22, was involved – both of them involving cannabis. The first one took place in April 2021, where a car was stopped by police officers in Halifax Drive, Stocking Farm, also Leicester.

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On that occasion Cooper was a passenger in the vehicle, which was searched by the officers, and officers found a rucksack which contained cannabis and a mobile phone linking him to drug supply. Also, In September 2021 Cooper failed to stop for officers after they realised he was driving a stolen car.

Following a pursuit, the vehicle stopped on Elmdale Street in the Belgrave area of the city and the two occupants attempted to flee the scene – but were detained nearby. The car had been stolen from Oadby a few days earlier.

When it was searched, another backpack with cannabis was found. This time officers found a number of phones which tied both of the men to the supply of drugs.

Cooper was then charged and subsequently pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class B drugs between April 22, 2021, and February 4, 2022, as well as handling stolen goods and dangerous driving. He appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Friday, February 3 and was jailed for three years and four months.


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