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Smoker caught in van

magisA FISHGUARD man appeared in Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday to face a charge of possession of 13.7 grams of cannabis. 

John Thomas, aged 43 of Gwaun Valley pleaded guilty to the charge. Prosecutor, Peter Lloyd said: “Thomas was stopped in his Transit van in Maenclochog where traces of cannabis were found. 13.7 grams of cannabis were then found at his home address”. Defence solicitor, Johnathan Webb said: “Thomas pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and was cooperative throughout. He suffers from back pain and was taking cocodamol which led to an enlarged liver. He couldn’t take it anymore and therefore decided to self medicate. He doesn’t smoke it socially or recreationally, just for medical reasons. It is very low grade cannabis and some of it was stalks. He has already lost his job over this and hopes to get back into work soon”. Magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £85 cost and £15 victim surcharge.