Drugs and knives found in vehicle

A drug–user was caught by police with two knives and several hundred pounds of cannabis in his car.

Lee Traversari, 28, pleaded guilty to charges of possessing cannabis, MDMA and a knife blade in a public place when he appeared in High Peak Magistrates’ Court.

John Cooper, prosecuting, said the defendant, of Tottenham Crescent, Birmingham, was pulled over by police while driving on Long Hill from Whaley Bridge at 2.20am on July 16 last year.

He said: “The vehicle was stopped in Buxton and police had deemed it to be suspicious. The vehicle was searched by officers.”

They unveiled 61.62 grammes of cannabis in four bags with a street value of between £460 and £600. They also found around £10 worth of MDMA.

Also in the car they found a throwing knife, a lock knife and a set of scales.

Mr Cooper added: “In interview the defendant expressed strong views with regards to the law on cannabis.

“He said the cannabis was for his own personal use.

“He claimed he used the scales to check the weight of what he buys.”

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “He was visiting friends in Whaley Bridge, he admitted the cannabis was his for personal use.”

She said Traversari, who is unemployed, claimed he only used the throwing knife to ‘mess around with’.

She added: “The lock knife was from his previous job that had ended six months previously and he’s forgot to take it out of the vehicle.”

Mrs Collings said her client used cannabis on a daily basis and had done so since he was a teenager.

Traversari was given a 12-month community order with a requirement to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work.

The court ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and knives and he was ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £60 surcharge.