A soldier from the Duke of Lancaster regiment has been fined after being caught in possession of steroid drugs and a knife.
Jordan Moat, an anti-tank operator in the Javelin platoon who has previously served in Afghanistan, was arrested after police pulled over a blue BMW at around 8pm on December 8 last year, Preston Magistrates Court heard.
The 21-year-old, of Meadowcroft Avenue, Catterall, near Preston, was ordered to pay a £276 fine, £28 surcharge and £85 costs after admitting possession of a class C drug and a knife.
Prosecuting, Parveen Akhtar said: “Officers found a lock knife in the driver’s door and 38 Alphabol tablets along with a tin containing cash.
“Mr Moat was cooperative.
“He went on to say in relation to the bladed article he had left a steel lock knife in the car which he uses at his place of work. It had been there for about two months.
“He accepted the steroids were from a friend and they were for his own personal use.”
Moat’s platoon commander made a statement to the court in which he said: “He joined the army at 19. This is his second service with the armed forces.
“He joined the infantry training corp in Catterick. He has served in the Duke of Lancaster Regiment in the fire support group.
“I have found him to be quite calm and hard working.”