A cancer sufferer sold drugs he was prescribed to ease his pain to friends for £5 a time, a court heard yesterday.
Michael Charlton was caught out after a police raid on his home in Boldon Colliery’s New Road.
He is a man in bad health. He took the drugs to alleviate his pain, He sold some drugs to a close band of friends for £5.Ian Cruickshank, defending, said
Officers found stashes of amphetamine in the kitchen and bedroom of his house while executing a search warrant.
They also found more than £2,000 in cash.
The police seized a mobile phone containing text messages which, the court heard, “could be deemed” to be in relation to drug-dealing activity.
The 63-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of amphetamine with intent to supply at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Magistrates were told that Charlton, currently in remission from lung cancer but still suffering heart problems, only sold on the drugs for £5 a time to close friends and made no financial gain out of those sales.
The money found had no link to those transactions, the court heard.
Angela Narey, prosecuting, said: “Police executed a search warrant at his home address.
“Charlton was not present, but his wife was in.
“She directed police to drugs being kept in the kitchen and the bedroom.
“They also found £2,140 in a clear plastic bag.”
He added: “Another £300 and drug paraphernalia were also found during the search.
“A mobile phone was seized with messages on it which could be deemed to be related to drug-dealing.
“In interview, Charlton said the drugs were his and he used them for medical reasons.
“He said that on occasions he did sell them for £5 a wrap to friends.”
Ian Cruickshank, defending, said: “He is a man in bad health. He took the drugs to alleviate his pain.
“He sold some drugs to a close band of friends for £5.”
Magistrates asked for a report to be compiled by probation officers ahead of Charlton’s sentencing on Tuesday, June 9.