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Cannabis user says Stafford dealers are ripping off customers

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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A STAFFORD man who bought cannabis from a car boot dealer told a court he did so because “the Stafford dealers were ripping off their customers”.

Julian Alfred Buggs, of 73 Churchill Way, Stafford, pleaded guilty at Cannock Magistrates Court on Tuesday to possessing 28 grams of cannabis, a Class B drug, on February 15 at Cheslyn Hay.

The court heard how police officers on a mobile patrol stopped a red Fiat Punto because of the way it was being driven by Buggs. Inside the vehicle smelt strongly of cannabis and officers recovered a plastic bag containing the drug. Buggs’ property was searched and a small bag of cannabis was found.

Buggs, 45, fully admitted possession of the cannabis, valued at £200, which he said he had bought from a dealer at a car boot sale. He was on his way back home from the car boot when he was caught.

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In a statement to police, Buggs said he had found the car boot dealer because “the Stafford dealers were ripping off their customers”.

Defending, Janet Emery said: “He was fully cooperative with the police. He had purchased it for his own use.

“He told police he was taking it because he had become stressed after finding blood in his urine. Thankfully the problem has now been resolved.”

Buggs was fined £65, ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. The drugs were destroyed.

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