A SOUTH Tyneside man was found to be in possession of cannabis after a car he was travelling in was stopped by police.
Michael Spence had £20 worth of the drug stashed in the waistband of his trousers.
Police had stopped the car on an unrelated matter and carried out a search of those inside after noticing a strong smell they believed to be cannabis.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “Police had cause to stop a motor vehicle on October 6 with three people inside it.
“The officers detected a strong smell of cannabis. They carried out a search and found a small, clear bag of cannabis bush in the waistband of the defendant. He said it was for his own personal use.”
The 24-year-old, of Windermere Crescent, Hebburn, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class B drug and also admitted a charge of failing to surrender to the court after not turning up for a hearing on Tuesday.
Ian Haq, defending, said Spence had mixed up his dates and handed himself into police when he realised his error.
Mr Haq said: “He has not been in court since 2006 and is a man who can keep himself out of trouble.”
Spence was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £60.