Garage worker fined over cannabis stash

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A GARAGE worker has been fined £100 after cannabis was discovered by police during a search of his South Tyneside home.

Lee Topping, 41, of St Vincent Street, South Shields, appeared before magistrates’ charged with possession of the class B drug.

He admitted the offence, and the court was told the drug was for his personal use.

Officers with a search warrant raided his home on the morning of November 20 last year.

They discovered the cannabis, which had a value estimated at £60.

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “When officers attended his property, he was courteous and pleasant to them.

“He admitted to possession of the cannabis, which he refers to as skunk.

“He lives alone and smokes in his own home.

“He does not take the drugs out and he does not drink alcohol.”

Topping was fined £100, with £85 costs, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.

Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drug.


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