A DRUG user who was caught with more than 100 grams of cannabis in his car has been ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.
Terry Weise was stopped near Junction 7 on the M5 at 9.55pm on January 1 after police saw him travelling at excessive speeds, Worcester Magistrates’ Court heard last Friday (January 23).
When officers approached the car they could immediately smell the Class B drug and found a plastic bag containing 130 grams in the 31-year-olds boxer shorts.
The court was told this had a street value of between £900 and £1,350, although the defence stated Weise had paid £467 for it.
Weise was interviewed about the offence and said he had moved to Wiltshire and didn’t know anyone to buy cannabis from so had travelled to the West Midlands to ‘buy in bulk’.
Defending solicitor Chris Aggrey said: “It is part of his daily activities to smoke cannabis, he has grown up with it from a young age and went on to start smoking it very young.
“He didn’t know anyone in the area, he didn’t have a social life and his intention was to stock up on cannabis and keep his head down, obviously that hasn’t happened.”
Weise was handed the unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
District Judge Nigel Cadbury added: “You travelled a long distance and saved up to buy a large amount so I am afraid that makes it pretty serious.”
A forfeiture and destruction order was also made in relation to the cannabis.