Tarbert fisherman fined

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A Tarbert fisherman returned to port when hailed by police, who then boarded the creel boat and found a quantity of cannabis.

Patrick Cupples, 19, of Lorne Cottage, Garvel Road, admitted possessing the drug when he appeared before Campbeltown Sheriff Court on Wednesday, August 22.

The young share fisherman admitted he had some cannabis, 6.2 grammes, but when officers searched the boat they found a bag containing another 145 grammes.

‘Oh, ****, I forgot about that,’ he said.

Procurator fiscal Eoin  McGinty said: ‘Police received a telephone call regarding suspicious activity around a small creel boat moored at Tarbert.’

When they attended, the boat had left its mooring and was heading out of the harbour.

Ruben Murdanaigum, defence agent for Cupples, said the fisherman had cooperated fully with the police.

‘The boat was leaving the harbour, hailed by the police and asked to proceed back. When he came back nothing was disputed.

‘He is from a good family, hard-working and never been involved with the authorities before.’

Sheriff Patrick Hughes fined Cupples £120.