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Torrington man found with six different types of drugs in his backpack ordered to do unpaid work

By NDJSophie  |  Posted: January 12, 2014

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A TORRINGTON man who was caught with six different types of drugs in his rucksack has been ordered to do 40 hours of unpaid work.

Alexander Tabula, 29, of Calf Street, pleaded guilty to all six charges of possession when he appeared before North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Karen Ball, for the prosecution, told the court how Tabula was stopped and searched by police officers in Barnstaple on July 19.

Police discovered a yellow plastic container in his rucksack which contained a number of small clear plastic bags containing drugs and some electronic scales.

Tabula was arrested and told police in interview that the drugs were for his own personal use. He said he used the scales to weigh the drugs after he had bought them.

Mrs Ball told the court Tabula had 17 previous matters relating to drugs on his record.

Tim Hook, for the defence, said at the time of his arrest Tabula was working as a welder earning around £250 a week.

He said: “He was a single young man supporting himself who enjoyed a social life which included parties and social gatherings. He took recreational drugs to enhance those parties.”

Tabula was caught with Class A, B and C drugs, including MDMA, Ketamine and cannabis but Mr Hook admitted he had never heard of some of the other substances.

He added: “He was experimenting.”

Mr Hook said the total street value of the drugs would have been £70.70.

He told the court Tabula had since lost his job and was no longer living the same lifestyle and now spent his time looking for work.

Magistrates sentenced Tabula to 40 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £60.

They also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and equipment.

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  • mimhughes  |  January 13 2014, 4:54PM

    I'm quite angry about this lenient sentence, in fact it's no sentence at all, 6 bag's and scales , smacks of being a drug dealer, in the light of a young persons recent death in the Bideford town, I would like to see all dealers jailed.

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  • Pravda  |  January 12 2014, 5:56PM

    Won't be long before druggies get a handout for being caught; just what do our magistrates imagine these lenient sentences do? High time the Ministry of Justice issued far tougher sentencing guidelines and gave the courts more power to impose harsher penalties. As it stands it's a farcical joke.

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