Addict caught with drugs at city bus station
POLICE swooped on a man with drugs at a bus station after being alerted by eagle-eyed CCTV operators.
North Staffordshire magistrates yesterday heard the operators contacted police after watching Ian Martin acting suspiciously at Hanley Bus Station on July 18.
Prosecutor Lynn Warrington said the operators informed police Martin had discarded a bag in a flower bed.
Officers opened it and discovered a white powder inside.
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Martin was then arrested nearby.
He told officers it was amphetamine and was for personal use.
On August 14, while he was on bail, Martin was stop-searched by police in Shelton and was found to be in possession of two bags of white powder.
The 29-year-old again told officers it was amphetamine for his own use.
Martin, of Trentham Road, Longton, pleaded guilty to two charges of possession a class B drug.
Magistrates sentenced Martin to a six-month community order with a six month drugs rehabilitation requirement and six months supervision.
And the defendant has also been ordered to pay £170 costs.