Court: £100 fine for Barking man found with five bags of cannabis

A drug taker was ordered to pay £100 and given a conditional discharge after a police officer searched him and found five bags of cannabis.

Craig Shoesmith, 24, of Julia Gardens, Barking, pleaded guilty to possessing the class B drug at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Claire Hebdon, prosecuting, said police had approached a group of youths in the street where Shoesmith lives earlier this month.

When questioned, the defendant admitted he had been smoking cannabis.

She added: “He said he had some on him and produced one bag but, after he was searched further, another five bags were recovered.

“He said he bought the lot for £60.”

On Friday, May 2, the court heard, Shoesmith had a quantity of cannabis that contravened section 5(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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When the bench asked Shoesmith if he had anything to say on the matter he replied: “No – nothing, really.”

After imposing the £100 fine, the chairman told him: “As you pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, I’m going to impose a 12-month discharge.

“The possession of cannabis is unlawful and the more you get caught with it, the more likely it will be that you go to prison.”

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