Police smelt cannabis coming from the inside of a vehicle they stopped at Portstewart Promenade and a passenger told officers: “I’m caught, I’m not going to deny it”.
Melissa Hanson (28), a cleaner, of Main Street, Bellaghy, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on August 6 and admitted a charge of of possessing the Class B drug.
On June 28 this year the defendant handed a bag of cannabis to officers.
A defence lawyer said Hanson stepped forward to take responsibility and “did the right thing”.
The lawyer said the defendant was, on occasions, “inflicted by significant depression and anxiety” and found relief by using cannabis.
Hanson, it was said, was “so chastened” by appearing in court.
Deputy District Judge John Rea said he could give the defendant credit for a clear record and for admitting responsibility for the drugs at the scene.
Fining her £150, he said: “Be in no doubt if you continue to offend the fines will increase”.