Work order for second drug offence
A FROME man charged with his second offence of possessing cannabis has been ordered to carry out 40 hours unpaid work by the courts.
Christopher Wheeler was stopped by police while driving his car and when they spoke to him could smell a strong smell of cannabis.
They carried out a search and discovered a small amount of the class B drug hidden in his sock, and he was arrested.
Wheeler, 22, of Upper Whatcombe, pleaded guilty to being in possession of 0.9g of cannabis on July 7 when he appeared before Somerset Magistrates sitting at Yeovil.
Prosecutor Christine Hart said police were on duty when they saw the defendant and became concerned as he was driving his car at speed.
"They smelt cannabis after speaking to him and found the drug in a plastic bag in his sock and he admitted the offence during interview," said Miss hart.
She added that Wheeler had previously appeared before the court in December last year for a similar offence and been sentenced to unpaid work.
The defendant, who worked as a scaffolder, told the court that the cannabis belonged to him and he was stupid to have it on him.
He was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a requirement to carry out the unpaid work and was also ordered to pay £45 towards costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
An order was also made for the cannabis to be destroyed.