South Shields man found carrying drugs after police stop car he was travelling in

A South Tyneside man was found to be in possession of drugs after a car he was travelling in was stopped by police.

Friday, 30th August 2019, 06:00 am
Updated Friday, 30th August 2019, 10:57 am

Anthony Johns, 47, of Farne Avenue in South Shields, admitted to a charge of having a quantity of cannabis, which is a Class B controlled drug.

Police stopped a car in the town on July 6, after concerns the occupants were acting suspiciously, South Tyneside magistrates heard.

Johns was a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle and a small bag of cannabis was found in his pocket.

Anthony Johns, 47, of Farne Avenue in South Shields, admitted to a charge of having a quantity of cannabis, which is a Class B controlled drug, when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

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Defending, Val Bell, said: "He was entirely compliant from the start. It was a very small amount of cannabis for personal use. He does suffer from depression and finds using cannabis helps that."

Johns was fined £80 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.