Man Using Mobile Phone in the Car had Cannabis in the Glove Box

PUBLISHED: 12:42 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:23 04 May 2010

TWO types of cannabis were found in Samuel Candian s car after police stopped him because he was using his mobile phone. Officers were about to give him a fixed penalty ticket when they noticed the smell of the drug - and found it in the glove box. Appear

TWO types of cannabis were found in Samuel Candian's car after police stopped him because he was using his mobile phone.

Officers were about to give him a fixed penalty ticket when they noticed the smell of the drug - and found it in the glove box.

Appearing before Ely magistrates on Thursday, 21-year-old Candian admitted possessing both cannabis and cannabis resin in Burwell on May 4.

He said the cannabis belonged to him - and the cannabis resin had come from his 13-year-old brother.

"I took it off him, he doesn't need to go down that road," Candian told the court. "I know it is hypocritical, I have been smoking cannabis for six years, but am trying to give it up."

Candian told the court he was living "here and there." According to the court list he had an address in Centre Road, Soham, but he told magistrates he was living in Westhorpe, Burwell.

"When police took interest in him, he dropped the phone, but it was too late," said prosecutor Matthew Bradbury. "A plastic container in the glove box contained the cannabis and a cannabis grinder."

Candian told police the cannabis was "his weed". Because he had a previous conviction for possessing cannabis he could not be cautioned, and was arrested.

"This should serve as a reminder to young people that cannabis remains an illegal drug and is not safe to use," added Mr Bradbury. "There is plenty of information in the media about the effects of long-term cannabis use."

Presiding magistrate Sue Griffin told Candian: "You must get a grip on your life and stop using this dangerous substance."

The agricultural worker was fined £100, with £60 costs and a £15 surcharge.

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