Man caught with cannabis worth less than £1 handed £167 court bill

King's Lynn coroners' court. Picture: Chris Bishop

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court. - Credit: Archant

A man caught with cannabis worth less than £1 was handed a £167 court bill.

Jordan Pope, 23, was before King's Lynn Magistrates' Court on Thursday to plead guilty to possession of 0.29g of cannabis on October 4.

Police had attended a property in a South Creake caravan park about an unrelated matter and Pope was searched.

“The cannabis was worth less than £1,” said prosecutor Anna Crayford, who added that the defendant had previously been in court for a drug offence in October 2020.

The CPS made a costs application for £105.

Solicitor Andrew Cogan, mitigating, said: “It would have cost the state a great deal more than £105 [to bring the case to court] for £1 worth of cannabis.

“Nevertheless, he is here and the reason is because he shouldn’t have been in possession of it.”

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Mr Cogan said it was his client who had called the police following a disturbance at his then home during which he had sustained “quite a nasty injury”.

Pope, a self-employed car valeter from Moor Lane, Sculthorpe, was fined £83 and ordered to pay reduced costs of £50 and £34 victim surcharge



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