Police catch cannabis user on Dronfield bypass

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A cannabis smoker faces an uncertain future after he was suspended from work as a roofer for being caught with the drug.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, October 10, how Leon Vickers, 20, was found to have 1.2grammes of cannabis after he had been a passenger in a car which was stopped by police on the A61 Dronfield bypass.

Prosecuting solicitor Ian Shaw said: “Police stopped a vehicle on the Dronfield bypass because of the way it was driving. Vickers was a passenger and wasn’t responsible for the driving.

“He was searched and he gave officers a small bag from the front of his trousers and he accepts it was cannabis.”

Vickers, of Lupton Road, Sheffield, had bought a £10 deal, according to Mr Shaw, and what was recovered was part of the £10 deal after he had already smoked some of it.

The defendant, who has a previous conviction for possessing drugs with intent to supply, pleaded guilty to possessing the cannabis after the incident on September 24.

Defence solicitor Rebecca Meadows said the cannabis was only for personal use.

She added that Vickers had begun to turn his life around and had got a job as a roofer but this latest “slip” means he has been suspended.

Ms Meadows added that a family friend had picked Vickers up to bring him home from work when police stopped the vehicle and discovered the cannabis.

Magistrates fined Vickers £37 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.