POLICE who approached a car, parked in what was described as a cannabis hotspot, found drugs and a knuckle duster.
Samuel Mayers, 21, of Oldfield Crescent in Chester, admitted possessing cannabis for his own use but denied possessing the knuckle duster.
But he had been convicted at an earlier hearing.
At Flintshire Magistrates’ Court at Mold, Mayers was placed on a 12-month community penalty and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work.
He was ordered to pay £250 costs and a destruction order was made for the drugs and the weapon.
It had been accepted by the court that the knuckle duster did not belong to him but had been left in his car by someone else.
The court heard that he was arrested when police were on patrol at the Bromfield Industrial Estate at Mold in October – a location which was quiet at night and one where it was known that people went to take drugs.
They approached a black Volkswagen Golf and there was a smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle.
Two bags of herbal cannabis, which the defendant said he had paid £40 for, were recovered together with the knuckle duster, which was in the driver’s door pocket.