Customer claimed police planted drugs after being caught at Sunderland’s Ttonic

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A PUB punter was found with drugs in her bag after being overheard talking about them.

Staff at Ttonic in Sunderland city centre found cannabis and amphetamine after they searched Jane Bulmer’s bag.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that the 48-year-old, of Lumley Tower, Sunderland, tried to hide a red purse down her trousers, which contained the drugs.

The police were called and she was arrested. She said the cannabis was hers, but initially claimed the amphetamine had been put there by undercover police officers.

Bulmer eventually admitted the amphetamine was hers, the court heard, but said she could not remember how it got there.

She pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing a class B drug.

Her last drugs conviction was 14 years earlier, Mr Poppett added, when she was fined £60 for possession of amphetamine.

Orla Davey, defending, said 
Bulmer was suffering from a number of medical problems, including back 
pain, depression and an 
underactive thyroid.

She said: “The cannabis she was taking was to help her off to sleep. She can’t explain how the amphetamine has occurred but does accept she was in possession of it.

“On the evening in question, her friend called round her home to see how she was and offered to take her out of the house, to have a good time and a few drinks.

“She was already on a lot of painkillers. She had a few drinks and can’t remember what happened.

Magistrates fined Bulmer £70 and ordered she pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.