A NEWCASTLE man caught with what a prosecutor said was "100 grammes" of cannabis in a bag in the boot of a car said it was for his own use.
Ben Dalton (24), of Mourne View Avenue, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class C drug in relation to May this year.
The prosecutor told Downpatrick Magistrates Court (main picture) police stopped a car at Newcastle Road, Dundrum, at 11.40pm.
The court heard that during a police interview the defendant believed he amount was 84 grammes.
District Judge Amanda Brady said it was a "significant amount".
A defence lawyer said police and prosecution both accept it was for the defendant's own use.
The lawyer said: "He had a bit more because he didn't like the idea of going near people to buy this in the first place so he bought a bit more to try and keep himself going".
The defendant had a previously clear record.
Judge Brady said if the defendant could afford to "bulk buy" cannabis he could afford to pay a "substantial fine" - £400.