Man owns up about cannabis

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A MAN found in possession of drugs owned up on the spot, telling police he had “about a tenner’s worth”.

John Kiely was seen crouching on the ground and holding a clear bag with cannabis inside by police responding to reports of anti-social behaviour.

Police had been called to waste ground near Argyle Street, Hebburn, at about 5.45pm on May 16.

The 24-year-old was subsequently arrested for drug possession.

Kiely, of Chaytor Street, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to possession of the Class B drug at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “He said the drug was his and was ‘about a tenner’s worth’.

“He was asked who the drug belonged to and said it was his own and had nothing to do with anyone else.”

Paul Kennedy, defending, said: “It was a small amount of cannabis.

“He fully co-operated with the police and explained that the drugs were his.

“He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”

Kiely was given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £50.