£1,000 bill after police search

A Cardigan man is facing a £1,000 repair bill after police executed a search warrant at his home.

Jamie Lawrence, aged 34, of 49a Bro Teifi, appeared before Aberystwyth magistrates on Wednesday, and pleaded guilty to possession of 0.5grams of herbal cannabis on May 29.

The court heard that the class B drug had an estimated street value of £2.50.

Alan Lewis defending said: “He immediately told officers that he had cannabis by his bed.”

Mr Lewis added that his client had weaned himself completely off methadone after 12 years, and used cannabis to help him relax and sleep.

Mr Lewis said: “He will also have a bill for £1,000 for damage police did to the door. If there is a positive result to a search warrant then the defendant is responsible for the damage, even if a very small amount is found.”

Magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge for the offence, and ordered Lawrence to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

A destruction order was made for the drugs.

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