Ngaruawahia's P crusader Jamie Pink is back before the courts less than a month after he was convicted on weapons charges.
Pink, 46, was convicted and fined $600 in the Hamilton District Court this morning after admitting possessing cannabis plant and a pipe on Thursday, June 29.
The court heard officers smelled cannabis smoke as they walked on Anzac Pde in Hamilton on Thursday, and they called for a patrol car to follow the car it came from.
Police found a small amount of cannabis in Pink's gang patch along with a pipe for smoking cannabis when they stopped him in Coates St.
Pink's lawyer Roger Laybourn said his client was embarrassed about the bust especially as he was serving a sentence of intensive supervision and community detention for the weapon charges.
"Mr Pink has stated that he's embarrassed about this incident, it's a backward step and that he was falling back into his old habits."
Pink's last cannabis conviction was in 2015, he said.
Judge Merelina Burnett said Pink liked to "hold himself out as a role model for various groups within the community".
Laybourn replied that his client had taken a stand against P in Ngaruawahia but he was also aware that possession of cannabis was illegal and he wanted the matter dealt with straight away to avoid wasting more police and court time.
The judge ordered Pink pay the fine in full within 28 days. The maximum fine on each charge is $500.
Pink and his Tribal Huk gang are also well known for making sandwiches for hungry school kids in the Waikato, feeding about 1000 children.
Pink became notorious in the small Waikato town after taking vigilante action to rid Ngaruawahia of P, and getting involved in a shoot-out that left his vehicle ridden with bullets.