A drug user bought cannabis to share in a bid to cut the cost of his own habit.
James Lovatt, 36, of Wilson Drive, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply at his home on November 19.
He denied being concerned in the supply of the illegal drug, and his not guilty plea was accepted by the Crown.
“He had about £300 worth of cannabis and had intended selling off about half to a friend, so that he was getting his own cannabis for nothing,” explained procurator fiscal Graham Fraser at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.
“He was very frank with police,” he added.
Sheriff Kevin Drummond warned Lovatt: “This is starting to become repetitive and one of these days you are going to find yourself looking at custody.”
He was sentenced to a 12-month Community Payback Order with 60 hours of unpaid work, and also fined £300.
“This is a direct alternative to custody,” warned Sheriff Drummond.