The son of two Met police officers has been spared jail for having up to £1,000 worth of cannabis stashed at his parents’ family home.

Max Coopey from The Burlings, Ascot, had 126g of herbal cannabis and 2g of cannabis resin in his bedroom.

The 20-year-old appeared in Reading Magistrates' Court this morning (May 13).

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A lawyer defending him said Coopey used the drugs to “self-medicate” in the wake of a double-fatal crash, where he hit and killed two pedestrians while drug driving his father’s sports car.

Prosecutors said an amount of the class B drugs “estimated between £800 to £1,000 in value” was found in his home.

Prosecuting, Anna Fitchett said: “A search warrant was executed at the home address of Mr Coopey. During the course of that search, a large quantity of cannabis was found in Mr Coopey’s bedroom.

“Mr Coopey gave a no-comment interview. He has seven convictions for 10 offences. Two of those are drug related, though committed when Mr Coopey was a teenager.”

His parents, Met Sgt Russel Coopey and Pc Catherine Coopey, were not facing any misconduct investigation over the incident.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police Service said: “Appropriate disclosures have been made to the Met by relatives of Max Coopey.

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“There is no related disciplinary action being taken by the Met.”

They had previously been investigated by the Met’s professional standards department over claims they had allowed or facilitated the use of a controlled drug. 

The probe was in relation to an incident where Max Coopey was arrested on June 10 2018, having been found driving his mother’s car without a licence or insurance, while under the influence of drugs. Both parents were ultimately found to have no case to answer. 

Chloe Hill, defending Coopey, said: “To put it bluntly, Mr Coopey was a badly behaved and difficult teenager. 

“He was expelled from two schools and went to a school specifically for children that will not be taken by any other school. 

“In his own words, he was drawn the wrong crowd and was often surrounded by bad influences. He left school at 16 with no qualifications then went to Bracknell college.”

Coopey was already on court bail and subject to a youth rehabilitation order at the time of the raid on his family home on July 31, 2019.

It was a year which saw him face numerous court appearances over separate criminal charges.

Firstly, he had appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on January 30 2019 by Magistrates over an incident in which he mowed down and killed two pedestrians.

Coopey, then 17, had been driving his father’s Audi A5 car while over the drug-drive limit on August 2 2018 when he drove into two salesmen, John Shackley, 61, and Jason Imi, 48, on the A329 London Road in Sunninghill.

After a Thames Valley Police investigation decided he was not to blame for the deaths, Coopey was charged with drug driving only.

Magistrates spared him jail but sentenced him to a YRO and disqualified him from driving for two years.

District Judge Samuel Goozee told Coopey he accepted Coopey’s guilty plea on the day of his trial.

DJ Goozee said: “It is apparent you were in possession of this cannabis at the time when you were on a court order and that makes the offence more serious. 

“Despite the significant amount of drugs found in your room, the prosecution accept that it was consistent with personal use.

“It was clearly at a time in your life when you were turning to criminal activity rather than now when you are attempting to turn your life around.”

The judge fined Coopey £300, ordered him to pay £85 in costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Coopey thanked the judge and walked free from court.