Louth man was found with over £1,100 worth of mephedrone

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A passenger in a car stopped by police at Fotherby was found with illegal drugs worth over £1,100.

Carluke Robinson, 23, of St Bernard’s Avenue, Louth, admitted possessing 56.53 grams of mephedrone on May 4, 2012 when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said police stopped the car on the Louth Road at Fotherby.

Robinson was a passenger in the car, which smelt cannabis and, although the initial search did not produce any drugs, he was taken to Louth Police Station for a strip search, where he produced four bags of mephedrone, from inside his tracksuit trousers.

Mr Clare said the drugs had an estimated street value of over £1,100 but Robinson told police he bought the drugs for £180 for his own personal use.

Defending Robinson, Gordon Holt said Robinson had bought the drugs that day and had bought drugs for himself on two previous occasions.

He had bought a larger amount because it was cheaper and it meant he didn’t have to go out for drugs again.

Mr Holt said that the fact he was initially accused of being a drug dealer had had a salutary effect on him and he had not touched drugs since then.

After standing the case down for a Probation Service report, magistrates imposed a 12 month community order and ordered Robinson to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.