Tax-row man caught with drugs

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A REVELLER lost his phone and earned a drugs conviction after a night out.

 Toni Boyd was arrested after falling asleep in a taxi following a night out in Newcastle on December 20.

 The driver believed the 21-year-old was trying to dodge the fare and took him to Gill Bridge police station in Sunderland. Officers searched Boyd, from Hendon, Sunderland, and discovered a bag of ketamine.

 He appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to possession of a class C drug.

 Prosecutor Paul Anderson said: “He was arrested on an unrelated matter, and at the police station they found he was in possession of a white powder, weighing 1.79 grammes.

 “It was subjected to forensic tests, which showed it was ketamine.”

 Jason Smith, defending, said that Boyd, of Mainsforth Terrace West, had been drinking with friends in Newcastle.

 They put him into a taxi and paid the driver £30 to get him home.

 Mr Smith said: “He fell asleep in the taxi on the way back, and as an unfortunate consequence of that, the taxi driver appears to have driven to Gill Bridge police station and said he had tried to evade the taxi fare.

 “He tried to ring his friend and discovered at that point that his mobile phone was missing.”

 Magistrates imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered Boyd pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.