Former Plymouth soldier given drug rehab
A FORMER soldier found with amphetamine and cannabis was suffering from combat stress, a court heard.
Andrew Pope served in the Royal Artillery in Northern Ireland and the Falklands, Plymouth magistrates were told.
The 54-year-old, of Clowance Street, in Devonport, admitted two counts of possession of Class B drugs on May 22.
Gareth Warden, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police executed a drugs warrant at his home. He added they found 5.25 grams of amphetamine and 7.14 grams of cannabis, with each drug worth about £25.
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Mr Warden said Pope admitted to the police in interview that he had been a long-time user of both drugs. Graham Kinchin, for Pope, said it was six months since the offence and he had stopped using amphetamine. But he added that Pope still used cannabis occasionally.
Mr Kinchin said: "He has previously served in the Royal Artillery in Northern Ireland and the Falklands and he suffers from combat stress disorder. He is heading off for rehabilitation, which is being provided by a charity."
The court heard Pope was now on benefits. Magistrates gave him two six-month conditional discharges and ordered he pay £40 costs.