Cannabis smoker hit with fine after passing police officer while stinking of drug

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A MAN has been left with a £175 court bill after being found with a wrap of cannabis in his jacket pocket.

Anthony Corbett was walking along Oxford Road when he passed a police officer.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that the officer smelled cannabis on the 44-year-old so stopped and searched him.

Prosecuting, Lynne Roberts-Ploughman said: “The officer smelled cannabis emanating from the defendant. He was searched and a foil wrap containing a green leaf type substance was located in his jacket pocket.He admitted it was cannabis.”

Corbett, of Wordsworth Avenue, in the Rift House area of Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis on March 25.

Mitigating, John Relton said: “My client, on occasions, uses cannabis for his own personal use.

“He assures me there’s not a wider problem and that’s probably evident by the small amount of drug found.”

Chairman of the bench Keith Gorton fined him £70, was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Mr Gorton said: “It’s going to cost you a lot of money if you continue to break the law.”