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Bovingdon Market trader Lincoln Millwood caught with cannabis
A trader at Bovingdon Market was spotted by police openly smoking cannabis from his music CD stall.
The officers then saw 31-year-old Lincoln Millwood hand over a clear plastic bag containing a green substance to one of his customers in exchange for £10.
The customer and Mr Millwood were arrested and two more small packets of cannabis were found on him, along with £420 cash, St Albans Crown Court heard yesterday (Friday).
Prosecutor Gavin Pottinger said when the CDs, which were being sold for between £3 and £10, were examined they looked like copies with artwork that was "not of a good quality".
The 790 CDs were seized and when they were examined only 24 were legitimate. Many were for recent albums and one bootleg copy was of an album that had not been released at that time, said the prosecutor.
Millwood, who lives in Hackney, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis, supplying cannabis, possessing criminal property and three charges of infringing copyright on Saturday, October 6, last year.
Defence barrister Daniel Lister said some of the CDs were live recordings from rave events and others were a consolidation of tracks from different albums.
Judge Stephen Warner told Millwood: "You have to earn a living, but this is not the way to do it."
He passed a 12 month Community Order with a two month curfew between 9pm and 5am. He must pay a £450 fine and £150 prosecution costs, along with a £60 victim surcharge.