Anti-drugs father charged for cannabis forgotten in pocket
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.