POLICE who stopped a Sutherland motorist to give him “advice” about the way he was driving, found a banned substance in his car.
Ricky Burgoyne, Fountain Square, Brora, had 100 grammes of cannabis resin hidden under the cover of the front passenger seat, Tain Sheriff Court heard today.
The banned Class B drug was valued at between £350 and £450.
Burgoyne (50), admitted possessing the drug on May 2 last year on the A9 at Golspie.
Procurator fiscal Robert Weir told the court Burgoyne’s car was stopped at around 4pm on the day in question.
He said: “Police stopped the accused in relation to a separate matter and to give him advice regarding his driving.
“Officers notice a smell of cannabis from him and the accused’s vehicle was searched. A brown resinous substance was found hidden under the front passenger seat cover.
”It later transpired to be just over 100 grammes of cannabis resin valued in the region of £350 to a maximum £450.
“The accused admitted it was his and cooperated with police.”
Defence agent Roger said that although his client had a record, he had not offended in the last 13 years and did not have any analogous convictions.
He said Burgoyne was a carer for his wife who had suffered a stroke 10 years ago and was in constant pain which led her to require opiate drugs.
But Mr Webb said Burgoyne accepted that the use of cannabis was illegal.
Sheriff Chris Dickson fined Burgoyne £400 and told him: “You appreciate it is quite a high street value of cannabis.”