A man ‘down on his luck’ was stopped in his tracks by police - after being caught with a stash of drugs at a South Tyneside Metro station.
Cops had been called to Chichester Metro Station on an unrelated matter when they had cause to carry out a body search on David Roche.
They discovered the 49-year-old had a small quantity of cannabis bush hidden in a tobacco pouch.
He was arrested and told police the drugs were for his own personal use.
Roche admitted possession of a Class B drug when he appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said; “Police were called to Chichester Metro Station at 5.30pm on Thursday, August 13 on an unrelated matter.
“They had cause to search the defendant and found a small amount of cannabis bush in a tobacco pouch.
“He admitted the cannabis was his and said it was or his own personal use.”
Adam Scott, defending, said: “At the time he was residing in the South Shields area in a hostel.
“He was down on his luck and had taken to smoking cannabis and drinking.
“He has no prior convictions for possession of cannabis and this may have been dealt with better through a cannabis warning.
“He deserves credit for his immediate guilty plea.
“This was an isolated incident.”
Gordon Minto, chair of the magistrates, said; “The court has heard that you were down on your luck and we have sympathy with that.
“But you will be aware that you broke the law.”
Roche, of Hunns Buildings, in Choppington, Ashington, was given a six-month conditional discharge and must pay a criminal courts charge of £180, prosecution coasts of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.