No kidding matter: The classic, “It’s for my cousin”, excuse ended with police finding a large, clandestine stash of bud in Kinder Surprise eggs
A U.K. man appeared in court this week on a charge of possession with intent to supply after creatively concealing a large amount of cannabis inside a classic children’s chocolate confection.
James McMahon, 20, pleaded guilty to the charge before the Teesside Magistrates’ Court.
A prosecutor stated that McMahon was arrested after police witnessed him receiving a large bag through a fence from an unnamed man, which they deemed suspicious. The young man was searched and police discovered the bag contained an unspecified amount of cannabis.
McMahon invoked the classic, “It’s for my cousin” excuse, but a search of his home revealed a large stash of bud cleverly concealed inside Kinder Surprise eggs, replacing the usual tiny plastic toys contained within the chocolate treats marketed to children.
McMahon’s lawyer noted the accused has no previous convictions.
“He acknowledges and accepts he is a young man who has had a cannabis problem,” the lawyer said. “He is, or certainly was, a very heavy cannabis user. His cousin has contacted him and asked if he could get him some. He went to his dealer and got some for his cousin. He is not making any profit, it is not for gain, he is doing his cousin a favour.”
McMahon’s probation officer also testified that the accused is trying to make the best of the sticky situation. McMahon started consuming the drug shortly after the loss of his father, who died when McMahon was just 10 years old, the officer pointed out. Additionally, his client has completely ceased both consuming cannabis and creatively concealing cannabis since his arrest, he added.
“It has served as a big wake-up call for him,” the officer said in court. “The arrest has been a blessing in disguise. He wants to turn his life around and make his mother proud. He wants to go back to college.”
McMahon escaped jail time, receiving a 12-month-long community order (the U.K. equivalent of community service) with 20 days of mandated drug rehabilitation and an £80 ( about $137) fine. He was also ordered to pay sums of £85 and £90, respectively, for court costs.
Cannabis is legal in the U.K. for medical consumption under certain conditions, but adult-use cannabis remains prohibited.
Written by Emma Spears