A YOUNG Penzance man has been convicted by magistrates in Cornwall after he was found in possession of a Class A drug.
Jordan Cottrell, 26, from Penzance, appeared before magistrates at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on Friday July 8 on one count of possession of a Class A controlled drug, namely heroin.
The breach took place in Looe, where Cottrell was found to have 13 drug ‘packages’, each containing approximately 0.1 grams of the highly addictive opioid drug.
Cottrell indicated a guilty plea when he appeared in court early last month.
During his sentencing, the 26-year-old was fined £151 and had to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £60 as well as an £85 Crown Prosecution Service fee.
A collection order was issued and the 13 heroin casings were confiscated from the police under section 27 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 for destruction.
The court also noted how Cottrell’s guilty plea was taken into account when imposing the sentence.
Class A substances are treated as the most dangerous types of controlled drugs and include cocaine, heroin and crystal meth.
Usually, penalties for drug possession are determined by the class of drug involved as well as any aggravating factors or mitigating circumstances.