A DRINKER was caught with drugs in his pocket when police raided a South Shields pub.
Officers went to the Bridge in Wenlock Road after a member of the public reported people using drugs in the toilet, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard.
Rebecca Gibson, prosecuting, said: “One of the officers heard a shout of ‘police’ as he entered the premises.
“A man at the bar was seen to take a small package from his pocket and put it under a spill mat.
“The package was later found to contain a small amount of cocaine.”
Philip Peacock, 32, of Colman Avenue, South Shields, admitted possession of a Class A drug on November 16.
Paul Kennedy, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Peacock had been to a party elsewhere where he had been given the drugs.
“He was not involved in the group said to be taking drugs in the pub toilet.
“Mr Peacock is not a habitual user, although he does have a previous caution for possessing cocaine.
“This was a tiny amount of cocaine with a street value of £30 at most.
“Mr Peacock was working as a gardener until last year when he was laid off.”
Peacock was ordered to pay £145 in fines and costs. The magistrates ordered the confiscation and destruction of the cocaine.