A dozing drug-user was given a wake-up call by police after being spotted asleep in a back garden after a night out with friends.
After Michael Wilson was stirred from his drunken slumber, officers carried out a body search and found cannabis stashed in his trouser pocket.
Police received a report of a male asleep in a rear garden in Jarrow.Angela Narey, prosecuting
Police had been called after the 25-year-old was seen in the rear garden of the property in Jarrow on Sunday, May 3.
Wilson was arrested, and he admitted possession of a Class B drug when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court this week.
Angela Narey, prosecuting, said: “Police received a report of a male asleep in a rear garden in Jarrow.
“They saw Wilson asleep. He was clearly intoxicated.
“A search was carried out, and he was found to be in possession of a bag of cannabis, which was in the pocket of his tracksuit.
Laura Johnson, defending, said: “He had been out drinking with friends, and he fell asleep in a back garden.
“Police were called, and he was found to be in possession of cannabis.”
Wilson, of Wirralshir, Leam Lane, Gateshead, was fined £93 by the magistrates.
He was also ordered to pay a criminal court charge of £180, as well as court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.