Men plead not guilty to drugs charges

By Gary Smee 31/05 Updated: 31/05 12:28

TWO men arrested at a house in Bidford-on-Avon have denied they had anything to do with a quantity of drugs found at the address.

Tristan Welsh, 31, of Grafton Lane, Bidford, and Joel Warman, 30, of Perkins Close in Salford Priors appeared at Warwick Crown Court facing a number of drugs charges.

They pleaded not guilty to possessing quantities of the class A drugs heroin and crack cocaine found on September 27 last year with intent to supply them.

In addition they denied possessing cannabis resin and skunk cannabis, which are both class B drugs, on the same date with intent to supply.

Welsh also denied possessing 52 tablets of the heroin substitute Methadone with intent to supply them but admitted an alternative offence of possessing them for his own use.

The two men had been arrested when the police carried out an early-morning raid on a property in Smiths Close, Bidford, where the drugs were found.

Lloyd Jenkins, for Welsh, said his case was that he was a drug user, but not a dealer, and had gone to the property ‘where drugs are sold,’ and had fallen asleep there until the police arrived.

The defendants say the drugs, with the exception of the Methadone, belonged to a third man who was arrested but not charged.

The case was adjourned for trial, and Welsh and Warman were both granted bail.

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