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Man caught with cannabis fined £500 after being convicted in his absence

He was detected during a routine traffic stop and made full admissions to police

A man who was convicted in his absence of possession of cannabis has been fined £500.

Court heard the 26-year-old was detected during a routine traffic stop and made full admissions to police.

Nathan Kerr, of Granville Park, Dungannon, was convicted of possession of a Class B drug at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Court heard that on November 29, at around 5pm, police spotted the defendant driving a black Mercedes and pulled the vehicle over at a petrol station.

Upon speaking to Kerr, officers noted a strong smell of cannabis and elected to search the vehicle.

The defendant handed police a bag of suspected herbal cannabis.

When interviewed, Kerr made full admissions to the offence.

The defendant was ordered to pay a fine of £500, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within four weeks.

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