Drugs supplier fined £450

A twenty-one-year old Newton Stewart man who admitted supplying cannabis was fined £450 and ordered to do 210 hours of unpaid work in the community by Sheriff Carmichael at the court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

Simon Johnston, 10 Drew Avenue, pled guilty to having the drug in his home after a drugs search took place on November 20 last year. The court heard that the police found 17 bags of a “herbal matter” stored in a silver tin at the accused’s home.

The cannabis had a street value of £175.

Officers also discovered other equipment such as a grinder and self sealing bags. A witness told the police that he had been supplied by Johnston. Defending, Michael Kilkerr said the accused supplied his peer group with cannabis for financial gain at a time when he wasn’t working.

He accepted responsibilty for what he did but, said Mr Kilkerr: “He doesn’t think cannabis is harmful, although others may have a different view”.