17:50 Wednesday 15 January 2014

Man found with drugs is sentenced

Written bySARAH BOULD

A BURTON man who was pulled over by police and found to be in possession of cannabis has been sentenced at court.

Mohammed Shakeel, 29, of Stafford Street pleaded guilty at Burton Magistrates’ Court to the charge of possession of a class B drug.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, said: “He was stopped for driving while using a mobile phone. Police could smell cannabis and found a tobacco pouch in the waistband of his trousers with a small amount of cannabis in it.”

Defending, Sukhi Ark, said: “On this occasion he was on route to work and picked up two work colleagues.

“When the police pulled up the smell was coming from the work colleagues.

“He saw the pouch and hid it down his waistband. The police let the two colleagues go.”

Shakeel, who has previous convictions for drug related matters and violence, was fined £140 by magistrates and must pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

The magistrates also ordered the drugs, thought to be worth less than £3, to be destroyed.

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