A MAN reported to police for rolling a joint on a train had travelled from Powys to Swansea to “drink and smoke for the day”.

Michael Evans, 52, was with a friend, who were both reported to police for smelling of cannabis while travelling from Llandrindod Wells to Swansea on February 2 this year.

Evans was searched when he arrived at Swansea Railway Station and found to be in possession of about £30 of the Class B drug, prompting his arrest.

Evans, of Maes-y-Nant, Rhayader, admitted possessing cannabis when he appeared at Llandrindod Wells Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, August 3.

Prosecutor Stephen Davies said police officers confronted Evans in Swansea. “Police received reports of 2 males on a train who smelt heavily of cannabis and appeared to be rolling a joint,” said Mr Davies.

“At around 2.40pm, PC Turnbull located him and an amount of cannabis, with a street value of around £30, was found in his jacket pocket. He said he’d purchased it in the Llandrindod area for £100 and had gone to Swansea to drink and smoke for the day.”

Owain Jones, acting for Evans, said: “It was a small amount, for his own personal use. He was interviewed in his car in Llandrindod about it.

“He smokes cannabis to cope with an industrial injury which caused injuries to his hand. It does relieve the pain for him.”

Magistrates fined Evans £80 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £34 surcharge.