Plymouth man who had brother's drugs is acquitted
A MAN caught up in an armed police operation has been cleared of having drugs in the street.
Danny Hutchinson, also known as Hewitt, told a court he was trying to hand a bag containing five types of drugs to an officer.
But the 24-year-old said he never had the chance before he was stopped by armed officers.
Hutchinson, of Neswick Street, Stonehouse, denied possession of heroin, mephedrone, cannabis, Valium and buprenorphine on October 12.
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He was searched by police after leaving a flat in Marlborough Street and a small bag of drugs was found in his coat pocket.
But Hutchinson claimed that the drugs belonged to his brother Dale Hewitt.
A jury acquitted him on all charges after a trial lasting a day at Plymouth Crown Court.
Armed police were called to Marlborough Street after reports that Dale Hewitt had been seen on a balcony with a gun. The 22-year-old was arrested in nearby Queen Street.
Officers later found a three million volt stun gun – about 60 times more powerful than a police Taser.
Hewitt admitted possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of cannabis with intent to supply. He was jailed for 15 months in December last year.