Drugs dumped in police van

A MAN at risk of going to jail scattered a bag of drugs in the back of a police van after he was arrested.

Martin Gordon, 24, was serving a suspended prison sentence after he was spared jail earlier this year when he was carrying the drugs during a night out.

But he almost blew his freedom when he was arrested by police and thrown into the back of a van on Saturday, May 26.

Gordon had been arrested on suspicion of another offence, but panicked when he remembered he had a bag of amphetamine on him.

Tamara Pawson, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “Upon arrival at Hartlepool Police Station a short time later, police officers opened the rear of the van and immediately noticed a large amount of white powder on the floor of the custody cage that had not been present previously.

“The defendant was removed from the van and officers saw a clear plastic bag on the seat where he had been sitting.”

Traces of the amphetamine was also on Gordon’s arm after he had been handcuffed during the journey.

He told cops he had paid £10 for the drugs for his own use.

He admitted possession of a Class B drug and breaching his suspended sentence imposed at the crown court in January.

That court appearance saw jobless Gordon given 34 weeks in prison which was suspended for two years after he admitted affray.

Martin Scarborough, mitigating, said: “Drink has been a problem.

“He is a young man who, although he does have a record, is not somebody who is heavily convicted for drugs.”

Judge John Walford criticised Gordon’s “feckless attitude” for buying drink and drugs despite racking up significant court fines.

Judge Walford said: “If you go on taking lightly the powers of the court then you will end up in prison.”

Gordon, of Elliott Street, Hartlepool, was given a 12-month community order for possession of the drugs with a six month curfew between 8pm and 6am.

He was also given an extra 100-hours community work for breaching his suspended sentence.