AN INNERLEITHEN man who was found with almost £500 worth of cannabis has been ordered to carry out 170 hours unpaid work at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Scott Ainslie, 22, was found to have 63 grammes of the class B drug at his home in Morningside earlier this year.

The house was searched after a warrant was executed but Ainslie insisted all the drugs found were for his own personal use.

Depute fiscal Tessa Bradley said he did supply family and friends to fund his own habit.

Defence lawyer Ed Hulme  said:"He has a long history of cannabus use since the age of 14."

Sheriff Donald Ferguson commented:"You have gone down a slippery slope by getting involved in the commercial side of things.

"Selling cannabis is a serious matter.

"People go to prison for selling drugs."

In addition to the unpaid work, the sheriff imposed nine months supervision with a drugs counselling dimension.