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A MAN has admitted possessing eight bags of cannabis.

James Jeffries, 27, of Waterloo Road, Havant, was caught when police smelled the class B drug and searched his car in Sadlers Walk, Emsworth.

Giles Fletcher, prosecuting at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court, said: ‘The defendant was seen by the police to be parked in his vehicle close to a children’s playground.

‘The officers smelt cannabis. They searched the defendant’s vehicle, within which they found eight bags of cannabis.’

Mr Fletcher added: ‘Everything was seized from the defendant and I understand in interview he made a statement in which he stated the drugs in the car were his for personal use. He said they were bagged up by him to regulate how much he uses.’

The court heard in Jeffries’ defence that the cannabis seized was worth £30, that it was for his personal use and that it was 9pm on October 3 when the incident happened.

He was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 in court costs and £15 to a fund for victims of crime. An order was made for the drugs to be forfeited and destroyed.