Police find 19 bags of cannabis in Ilfracombe man’s bedroom

08:00 21 January 2014

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

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The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing around £200 worth of the drug.

AN ILFRACOMBE man has been fined after police discovered 19 bags of cannabis in his bedroom during a search in November.

George Hastings, 20, of High Street, pleaded guilty to possessing £200 worth of the drug individually bagged up ‘for his own personal use’.

North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard Hastings had used a £700 pay cheque at the end of his seasonal job to buy the bulk lot of the drug.

Paul Waters, defending, said Hastings had experienced a period of homelessness after moving to the area from Leicester.

He said: “He keeps himself to himself and doesn’t drink and go out at night. His vice is to stay behind closed doors and smoke cannabis occasionally.”

Mr Waters added Hastings was a ‘young man with a brain in his head’ who hoped to save up to study to become a counsellor.

Magistrates fined Hastings £75 and ordered him to pay costs and a victim surcharge totalling £105. They also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.

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