An Exmouth man has been hit with a court bill of over £1,000 after being found guilty of possessing cannabis and cocaine.

Kallum Vaughan, of Egremont Road, was caught with the substances in his possession in Exeter on December 23, 2021.

The 32-year-old was carrying 6.68 grams of cannabis (class B) and two bags of cocaine, which contained 0.44 and 0.31 grams of the class A drug.

Vaughan pleaded not guilty to the offences on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 but was found guilty in his absence at Exeter Magistrates' Court on December 1.

Vaughan was fined £440 for possessing cannabis and was ordered to pay £500 in court costs, plus a £176 surcharge to fund victim services.

He was given no separate penalty for the offence involving cocaine.

Vaughan has until December 30 to pay his £1,116 court bill.

The court ordered for the drugs to be forfeited and destroyed.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall says drugs are a “scourge on our society” and “have a devastating impact on individuals, families and businesses in communities”.

The commissioner says local taxation has funded a rise in police officer numbers, which forms part of the force's response to drug crime.