Local carrying cannabis charged
A COFFS Harbour man let it slip he had cannabis in his pocket when police asked him if he was carrying drugs outside a local hotel.
As officers attempted to search him, Robert Patrick Coates, 45, reached into his pocket and pulled out a plastic container, which flew open scattering several bags of cannabis on the ground.
Police had earlier been called to the hotel on June 6 at 1pm following reports Coates was running in front of traffic on the Pacific Highway in the city centre.
As officers approached he walked outside carrying a schooner of beer.
With five sandwich bags of the drug scattered on the ground, Coates is said to have kicked his beer causing the glass to break near a police vehicle.
To prevent any further violence, police restrained him.
He was charged with carrying a prohibited drug.
Found guilty of the offence in court this week he was fined $1500.