Anti-drugs fa­ther charged for cannabis for­got­ten in pocket

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A fa­ther who con­fis­cated cannabis from a mem­ber of his fam­ily was charged with pos­ses­sion when the drug was later found in his pocket.

Ti­tahi Bay painter Blair David Ma­son, 39, was at Porirua po­lice sta­tion af­ter be­ing ar­rested on an un­re­lated mat­ter on Oc­to­ber 26.

His pocket was searched and 1.8 grams of cannabis was found, po­lice prose­cu­tor Paul Macky said at Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day.

Judge Bill Hast­ings asked how much cannabis that rep­re­sented.

Mr Macky said about one cig­a­rette, but Ma­son’s lawyer Jewelly McVay es­ti­mated it was more.

‘‘I’d say two,’’ she said.

Ms McVay said Ma­son had con­fis­cated the drug ear­lier that day fol­low­ing a fam­ily ar­gu­ment and had for­got­ten about it.

Ma­son had writ­ten a let­ter to Judge Hast­ings af­firm­ing that he was anti-drugs.

Judge Hast­ings con­victed Ma­son and sen­tenced him to 40 hours’ com­mu­nity work.

He urged Ma­son to keep con­tinue his good work against drugs in the fam­ily.

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