Sunderland man caught with three kinds of drugs – after buying cocaine ‘by mistake’

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A DRUG user was surprised to find he had accidentally bought the wrong drugs when police analysed the substances he had been caught with.

Lee Anderson was stopped in Hylton Road after police spotted him trying to conceal something on his person in the early hours of August 24, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Ian Simpson said the officers decided to search the 26-year-old and a packet of 2.5 tablets fell on the ground.

A plastic sachet containing white power was then found in his pocket.

Anderson, of Chester Road, was arrested and taken to Gill Bridge police station. He was searched again and another bag of white powder was found.

It was found that the tablets were MDMA – or Ecstasy – while one sachet contained mephedrone – or Mcat – and the other was cocaine.

He was interviewed and admitted possession of all three drugs and said they were for his own use.

Anderson pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing Class A drugs and one of possessing a Class B drug.

He has six previous drug-related convictions, but nothing since March 2012, the court heard.

Angus Westgarth, defending, said: “He was surprised by the categorisation. He thought he was buying MDMA.

“It’s one possession but because they are different types of drugs he has to be charged for each different type.”

Anderson was fined £128 and told to pay £50 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.