Drugs bought ‘to help man sleep’

A MAN caught in possession of drugs said he was using them to help him sleep.

Sean Carroll was with friends in Oxford Road, Hartlepool, when he was stopped and searched by police.

The 22-year-old was found with a quantity of cannabis bush and 47 diazepam tablets.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “The defendant was stopped and searched by police at 8.50pm in Oxford Road and a small amount of cannabis bush was found in a small tobacco tin, along with 47 tablets in foil strips.

“He was arrested and in interview said the drugs were not prescribed and were not needed for any medical problems. He said he’d bought them to help him sleep and only intended to use them for himself.”

Carroll, of Sharp Crescent, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to possession of class B drug cannabis, and possession of class C drug diazepam, both on March 25.

Mitigating, John Relton said his client had “resorted to using these drugs” because of domestic problems.

He added: “This is also my client’s first conviction for this sort of matter.”

Chairman of the bench Patricia Hutchison fined him £70, ordered him to pay £85 costs, and a £15 victim surcharge.