A man caught with cannabis worth £1500 in a Stirling street was this week ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work.

Scott Stewart (27) had admitted a charge of being concerned in the supply of the class-B drug at Milton Crescent, Whins of Milton, on October 1, 2019.

Fiscal depute Robbie McDougall told Stirling Sheriff Court on Wednesday that police had been told to attend at the address at 10.30pm that day due to reports of suspicious activity.

When officers arrived there they saw a grey BMW 3 series with a male occupant in the front passenger seat.

Officers spoke to the man who identified himself as the accused.

However, the officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle.

Mr McDougall added that Stewart was also seen holding a large quantity of bank notes and was instructed to place them on a car seat.

During a search a joint, containing a herbal substance, was found, and in reply to caution Stewart said: ‘It’s just a cigarette’.

A more systematic search was carried out which recovered 20 clear bags each containing a herbal substance weighing 1.9g.

A further bag containing a larger amount of herbal substance was discovered.

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A number of empty bags were also found along with two mobile phones and £311.30 in notes and change.

When the bags containing the herbal substance were initially tested there was a positive result for cannabis.

The estimated street value of the drugs was £1500, Mr McDougall said.

Stewart’s lawyer Lara Thomson told Sheriff William Gilchrist that her client had no previous convictions for drug offences.

Referring to a social work report prepared for the court she said Stewart had been “supplying a peer group to fund his own habit”.

The offence was almost two years’ old. Since that time, she added, Stewart had moved in with his older brother who had been a good influence on him.

He had also been with a partner for two years and they have a one-year-old son whom he sees every day.

Stewart had also distanced himself from his previous peer group. Ms Thomson added: “His position is he won’t be back before the courts”.

Since the offence had been committed two years ago, and there was nothing outstanding, and no previous convictions for drug offences, Sheriff Gilchrist said he was prepared to impose a sentence as an alternative to custody.

He sentenced Stewart, of Broad Street, Denny, to a community payback order comprising 200 hours’ unpaid work to be completed within 12 months – as well as a restriction of liberty order confining him to his home for four months seven days a week between 9pm to 7am.