A SOUTH Tyneside man threw away four wraps of cocaine after he realised police were watching him.
CCTV operators noticed David Trott, of Johnstone Mews, Boldon Colliery, behaving suspiciously in Holmeside, Sunderland in the early hours of the morning.
Police called to the area saw the 26-year-old throw away four packet of white powder.
Tests proved it was cocaine and Trott – who has 71 convictions on his record - admitted he bought it to use himself.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a class-A drug at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.
Chris Wilson, defending, said Trott co-operated with the police when he was arrested, shortly before 6am.
Mr Wilson added: “On the evening in question, he had been out in Sunderland with his partner.
“He purchased the drug from a known person. He was seen by police officers. He knew what he did was wrong, so attempted to leave the area.
“He is a young person who uses cocaine on a recreational basis when he is out. He knows it is wrong, but does not think he has a dependency.”
District Judge Roger Elsey said: “The fact that you have been in court this year for exactly the same offence indicates this is serious enough for a community sentence.”
Sentencing will take place on May 14, after a pre-sentence report has been carried out.
Trott was released on bail and ordered not to enter Sunderland city centre between 8pm and 7am.