A former drug-user has been ordered to pay £265 in fines and costs after he was caught with half a cannabis cigarette.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, September 12, how Matthew Bowler, 20, of Wilson Avenue, Loscoe, had been stopped by police when he was driving and officers discovered the cannabis in his cap.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “There was a strong smell of cannabis from the vehicle and from the defendant.
“A half-smoked cannabis cigarette was found in his cap with a street value of £1 and a cannabis grinder was also found in the vehicle. He said the cannabis was his and he intended to smoke it.”
Bowler, who has a previous caution for possessing cannabis from 2013, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis after the incident in March.
Defence solicitor Denny Lau said: “Mr Bowler is a working individual. He accepts he has used cannabis irregularly.
“He has learned his lesson and been warned by his mother who lives with him that if she finds him with drugs in their house she will kick him out. She has kept him under close supervision to make sure there are no drugs in the house. Mr Bowler’s job could have been in jeopardy and he knows how much he could have lost.”
Magistrates urged Bowler to get over childish experimentation with cannabis and get his life in order. He was warned he should treat the offence as a learning experience.
They sentenced Bowler to a £160 fine and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.