A MAN caught by police with £200 worth of cannabis has escaped with a fine.
Alexander McDade pled guilty to possessing cannabis resin with the intent of supplying it to his pals.
Livingston Sheriff Court heard that McDade (28), of 31 Harestanes Road, Armadale, was caught by police on Main Street, Armadale at around 9pm on December 12 last year.
The officers were on patrol when they had cause to stop McDade’s car and when they spoke to him, he told them: “I have some joints in the car.”
From his pockets he produced five pieces of brown substance and when asked by the officers what they were and who they belonged to, he said they were his, that they were “just joints” and that he’d paid £150 for them.
The court heard the cannabis resin weighed 3.5 ounces and had a street value of around £200.
McDade’s solicitor, Darryl Lovie, said his client had no previous convictions relating to drugs and his last conviction was for breach of the peace in 1998.
He said it was intent to supply on the “lower end of the scale”.
Mr Lovie continued: “My client and his friends pulled their resources to purchase cannabis to smoke.
“This was for no profit or gain and was for his friends, nobody else was involved in this.
“Since coming to the attention of the police and criminal justice system, he has had to think long and hard about his involvement with cannabis and he has avoided any similar situation since.”
Sheriff Donald Muirhead fined McDade £370 telling him: “I accept you have had limited contact with the criminal justice system in the past, but this is a serious offence.
“You are a little fortunate that at the time this came to light cannabis was a Class C drug whereas it has now gone back to a Class B.
“I am prepared to deal with this matter by way of a financial penalty but I want to re-emphasise that you are quite fortunate in that.”