So much for the word workmate! Enuvdeep Lehal was employed at Futaba Manufacturing UK Ltd, Derby as an engineer. Upon arriving for work one day he dropped a bag containing cannabis in the car park of his employer. A fellow employee then saw it lying on the ground and took it to the human resources department.
Enuvdeep Lehal was still not aware of what he had done at this point. HR opened the bag and found it to contain wraps cannabis so the police were called. Officers then raided the 30-year-old’s home in Sunny Hill where they discovered almost 1kg of cannabis in a vacuum-sealed packet in his garage.
His mobile phone was recovered from a drain where he had concealed it. On it was messages proving he had been dealing to friends to fund his habit, reports Derbyshire Live.
Judge Shaun Smith QC handed Lehal an 18-month community telling him: “You are 30 years old and you have never been in any trouble of any kind in your life but somehow you got into cannabis.
“I accept your basis of plea which is that you were selling to a small number of friends to fund your own use.
“You also volunteered that the bag found at your place of work was yours which started of this chain of events.
“You could quite easily have disassociated your self from it but you owned up to it straight away.”
Adam Pearson, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court, said a bag which belonged to Lehal was found in the car park of his employer, engineering firm Futaba Manufacturing UK Ltd, in Dove Valley, Foston, on January 16. This then led to police going to his house.
He said: “Upon arrival they could hear people in the garage, then saw this defendant leave the garage and go into the garden.
“He was asked to open the gate, did so and was arrested.
“The garage and the garden were searched and, in the garage, a vacuum-sealed packet containing almost 1kg of cannabis was found.
“In a bush in the garden two smaller packets of cannabis were found and the total value, depending on what quantities it would be sold in was between £2,700 and £4,500.”
Mr Pearson said police also found Lehal’s mobile phone concealed in a drain and when they analysed it messages on it were from people asking for the class B drug.
He said in the interview the defendant admitted what was found in the bag at his place of work was his own but denied the larger vacuum-sealed bag belonged to him. He later changed this plea and admitted to two counts of possession with intent to supply a class B drug.
As part of the community order, Lehal must carry out 120 hours unpaid work, a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement and attend 10 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.
When Judge Smith told Ekwall Tiwana, the defendant’s barrister, that he wasn’t going to jail his client he offered no mitigation.