TWO Sheffield men have appeared in court on drugs charges after they were stopped in a van with more than £35,000 worth of cannabis inside.
The van was stopped on the Sheffield Parkway by armed police officers, who had noticed a strong smell coming from the vehicle and followed it from the M1.
Police were then led to industrial premises on Gunhills Lane, Armthorpe, Doncaster, where a cannabis cultivation set-up was found.
Beau Bunting, aged 26, of Dunninc Road, Shiregreen, and Paul Brashaw, 28, of Castledale Croft, Manor, were charged with possessing controlled drugs with intent to supply.
The pair appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said the transit van was pulled over on the Parkway at 1.45am on Tuesday.
“The vehicle contained what is believed to have been cannabis plants with an estimated value of about £36,000 and police arrested two people on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply,” she said.
“As a result of this cannabis being located in the vehicle, police then attended an industrial premises on Gunhills Lane, Armthorpe, where they found evidence of a cannabis set up.”
Bunting and Bradshaw have both been released on bail.
They are due to appear before the magistrates’ court again in April, when their case will be committed to Crown Court.
The pair will have to keep to a curfew from 7pm to 7am.
They will also have to observe a residence requirement and are not allowed to enter Doncaster except to attend court or meet their solicitors.
They must also report to police on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 12pm and 2pm.