A MAN was fined $1200 and disqualified from driving for three months after he appeared in Orange Local Court on Monday.
William Joseph Moore was fined after he pleaded guilty to possessing 26.3 grams of cannabis and driving with an illicit drug in his blood.
The 23-year-old Wisteria Place resident was fined $600 for each charge and was also issued an identification order to have his fingerprints and photo recorded by police.
The charges were brought to the court after Moore was pulled over by police for a random breath test and drug test while driving along Woodward Street at 4.40pm on March 1, 2016.
Although the alcohol test was negative, a saliva drug test was positive for methamphetamine and cannabis.
As a result, Moore was arrested for a secondary drug test and the Ford Focus he was driving was searched.
Police found two clear plastic bags containing cannabis in the glove box and a purple container under the front passenger seat.
Moore admitted the cannabis was his and he was also found to have two clear resealable drugs also containing cannabis hidden in his underpants.
Moore was represented in court by Aboriginal Legal Service solicitor Nidal Abdi who said the issue was less about driving and more about the drug use and his client had completed the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program as well as a detox program at the Lyndon House.
“He has used ice twice since detox, that was in one month, for someone who was using drugs quite heavily it is quite an improvement,” Mr Abdi said.