A PAIR of teenagers were caught offering via text message to supply drugs – after being arrested by police.
The messages were found on phones belonging to Mubinar Rahman and Sahidur Ahmed, both 18, after both were caught in possession of drugs.
Rahman had been stopped by police responding to a report about his behaviour at McDonalds in King Street, South Shields, on January 28 last year.
They discovered 6.94 grams of the Class B drug mephedrone – often referred to as ‘bubble’ – during a search, as well as two mobile phones, and arrested him.
Ahmed was stopped by police on March 5 last year in Fowler Street, when he was with pal Rahman, and had eight ‘wraps’ of mephedrone with him, and two mobile phones.
Zeena Begum, prosecuting, said: “Rahman was searched and police found nearly seven grams of white powder in the waistband of his trousers, and two mobile phones on him.
“On March 5, police were acting on intelligence information when they searched Rahman and Ahmed on Fowler Street in South Shields.
“Rahman had two more mobile phones and Ahmed had two mobile phones, as well as eight wraps of mephedrone.”
Searches were then carried out at the homes of both men, with a gram of mephedrone found at Rahman’s address and a further 11 bags of mephedrone and plastic bags and digital scales at Ahmed’s home.
The drugs were passed on to the police forensics team, while the mobile phones were checked by police.
Text messages were found on one of Ahmed’s phones, discussing a possible sale of mephedrone.
Two conversations discussing a Mephodrone sale and another offering to supply Ecstacy – including a discussion on a meeting place – were found on a phone belonging to Rahman.
Rahman, of Henry Nelson Street, South Shields, admitted possessing mephedrone with intent to supply, offering to supply the same drug and offering to supply Ecstasy when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last month.
He was back at the court on Friday for sentencing, along with Ahmed, of Coston Drive, South Shields, who admitted a charge of offering to supply mephedrone at the earlier hearing.
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “Both men were 17 at the time of the offences. It took until October 16 for them to be charged, which took them past their 18th birthdays.
“They are two young men with no previous convictions and have shown a great deal of remorse.
“March 5 was a turning point in their lives. Neither of them have touched drugs since.
“They come from good families in the Bangladeshi community and this will cause a great shame for their community and their families.”
Peter Connor, chairman of the bench, gave Rahman a 12-month community order with supervision, and ordered him to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.
Ahmed was also ordered to complete a 12-month community order with supervision and carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, as well as pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.