A YOUNG man from Penzance has been sentenced by magistrates in Cornwall after having been found in possession of a Class A drug.

Jordan Cottrell, aged 26, from Penzance, appeared in front of magistrates at Bodmin Magistrates' Court on Friday, July 8, on one count of possession of controlled drug of Class A, namely heroin.

The offence took place in Looe where Cottrell was found to have 13 'wraps' of the drug, with each containing around 0.1 gram of the highly addictive opioid drug.

Cottrell indicated a plea of guilty when he appeared in court earlier last month.

During his sentencing, the 26-year-old was fined £151 and made to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £60 as well as pay costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

A collection order was made and the 13 wraps of heroin were forfeited to police under section 27 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 to be destroyed.

The court also noted how Cottrell's guilty plea had been taken into account when imposing the sentence.

Class A substances are treated as the most dangerous types of controlled drugs and include the likes of cocaine, heroin, and crystal meth.

Usually, sentences for possession of drugs are determined by the class of drug involved alongside any aggravating factors or mitigating circumstances.