A MAN was caught with amphetamine after a friend persuaded him to try the drug for the first time.
Police became suspicious when Dale Younger, 23, was seen shuffling his feet under the chair he was sitting on, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Lee Poppett said officers were visiting Younger’s home in Southwick on February 27 on an unrelated matter at the time.
“Police saw officers saw Mr Younger pushing and item underneath the chair he sat on,” Mr Poppett said.
“It turned out to be a mirror with a small quantity of white power on the surface.
“He admitted it was amphetamine and accepted it was for his own use.”
Younger, of Goschen Street, admitted possession of a Class B drug.
Jason Smith, defending, said: “Dale has no previous drug-related offending as he doesn’t take drugs.
“He has been persuaded by a friend of his to give it a try. It was a trace amount not worth more than £1.50.
“He has never tried it before and he will never try it again.”
Magistrates sentenced Younger to a six-month conditional discharge and told him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.