Teenager caught with drugs after bid to avoid police

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A SOUTH Tyneside teenager was handed a trip to court – after trying to cross a road to avoid police while in possession of a haul of drugs.

Nicholas Turner had crossed over from Mile End Road to Julius Court - but police on patrol were suspicious of his behaviour and were soon on the trail of a crime.

When they approached the 19-year-old, they were hit by a smell of cannabis and conducted a search.

The officers found packets of cannabis bush and mephedrone – both Class B drugs – in his trouser pocket.

Turner was arrested and admitted the drugs were his.

Turner, of Dock Street, South Shields, admitted two counts of possessing a Class B drug at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Justin Gibson, prosecuting, said: “On December 5, police were on duty when they saw Mr Turner.

“He crossed from Mile End Road to Julius Court, which they believed he did to avoid them.

“They approached him and could smell cannabis.

“A search was carried out and a packet of cannabis bush was found as well as a powdered substance in his trouser pocket.

“The substance was sent off to be forensically examined and was found to be mephedrone.

“He made full admissions to the police and said he had bought the cannabis for £10 and the mephedrone for £30 and they were for his own personal use.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He was searched, arrested and was fully co-operative with police. He knows he shouldn’t be touching drugs and he knows it was wrong.

“Hopefully, it was a passing phase.”

Turner was fined £73 and ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.