Teenager cleared of drugs charges
A teenager accused of drugs offences and obstructing police has been found not guilty at a trial.
Prosecutors dropped proceedings against Jamie Stewart, 19, who was arrested by plain clothes cops in Renfrew Road, Paisley, on August 5, last year.
The town’s sheriff court heard the youngster was lifted by cops from the Gangs Task Force probing a series of bike thefts in the area, when they spotted him out on his bicycle at around 5.40pm.
Constable Stephen Edmond, 30, told the court he and his colleague decided to stop and search Mr Stewart as they claim they “detected a strong smell of cannabis”coming from him.
PC Edmond said:“I informed him I was stopping for purpose of a search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.”
However, defence agent Paul Lynch questioned the officer’s motive for the arrest as Mr Stewart was riding his own bike at the time.
The court also heard a witness who saw the arrest had even reported the incident to police as an alleged assault.
PC Edmond was also unable to answer on what legal grounds the youngster, of Alton Road, Paisley, had been detained and arrested.
Sheriff David Hall told Mr Stewart: “The procurator fiscal has decided not to lead any further evidence in these matters and you are free to go. You have been found not guilty of both charges.”