Watlington man gets drug warning after admitting possession

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A drug user has been warned he will “destroy” his brain if he continues using cannabis after he admitted possession of the drug.

Daniel Castleton, 26, of Britton Close, Watlington, pleaded guilty to a single charge of possessing a quantity of the class B drug when he appeared in court in Lynn on Friday.

Mitigating solicitor Giles Debenham said he had advised his client, who already has mental health problems, of the dangers of using the drug.

And district judge Peter Veits asked him why he continued to use it.

He told him: “You’re going to destroy your brain in the long term. It’s going to shorten your life expectancy.”

The court heard that the drugs had been found when Castleton was searched on May 16, following an arrest on an unrelated matter, on which no further action was taken.

Josephine Jones, prosecuting, said Castleton had told police the drugs were for his own use.

Mr Debenham added that the amount found was too small to be weighed at the police station.

Castleton was fined £50 and told to pay a £180 criminal courts charge, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.