Houghton man caught with drugs after police spotted him staggering up Sunderland street

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A MAN was arrested after being found with drugs.

James Mitchison was stopped when an officer in an unmarked police car saw him staggering up Hylton Road in Sunderland, in the early hours of Tuesday, November 19.

Mitchison, of Windermere Crescent, Shiney Row, showed police a small plastic bag with a white substance in it and two foil strips containing tablets, thought to be diazepam.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to possession of Class B and attempted possession of Class C drugs.

Chris Wood, prosecuting, said police had not tested the tablets, but Mitchison had confirmed what they were.

The court heard he was in breach of a 12-month conditional discharge, received last year for possession of amphetamine.

Magistrates read a report about Mitchison, prepared by the probation service.

William Johnstone, defending, said: “He does have a history of drug taking and you will see from the pre-sentence report that as soon as he was stopped, he fully co-operated with police and made full admissions.

“Although there was not a field test on one of the drugs, he admitted what it was.”

Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered he pay £40 towards court costs.