Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pub Boss Vows to Re-Open; Cleared in Drugs Case

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pub Boss Vows to Re-Open; Cleared in Drugs Case

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Byline: NEIL McKAY

A PUBLICAN yesterday vowed to re-open his premises after he was cleared of masterminding a plot to flood the North with thousands of pounds worth of cannabis.

Police successfully applied to licensing bosses to close Desmond Young's pub, the Stanefordham Inn at Moorside, Consett, County Durham last year after raiding the premises.

Durham Crown Court was told 16 bags of skunk cannabis were found in a bag downstairs in the pub living quarters during a raid in January.

They also found cannabis being cultivated in a number of houses in the Consett area rented out by Mr Young, 48.

But following a four-day trial, a jury at Durham Crown Court cleared Mr Young of possessing cannabis with intent to supply the drug, three counts of producing the drug and one of conspiracy to grow the drug.

His co-accused David Lintern, 21, of Low Westwood, Consett, was cleared of conspiring to grow cannabis.

Mr Young told the jury he had no knowledge of the cannabis found at the Stanefordham Inn, which has been closed since the raid. …

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