Traces of white powder beneath the nose of a nightclub-goer was ketamine, the horse tranquilliser used as a party drug, a court has heard.
Timothy Shaw, 19, of Garland Street, Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to possessing 0.12 grams of the class C drug when he appeared at Bury Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Ian Devine, prosecuting, said members of staff at Flex nightclub, in Bury, spotted white powder under Shaw’s nose when he was in the club on December 28, last year.
Police were called but, while waiting for them to arrive, Shaw was seen disposing of a wrap from his trouser pocket. The police were told and the wrap, containing a substance later identified as ketamine, was seized, Mr Devine told the court.
In mitigation, Lyndon Davies said: “He’s a young man who’s had some difficulties in the past with mental health conditions and got himself into one or two scrapes as a youth, and he has, on two occasions, dabbled with cannabis and once with cocaine.”
He said Shaw had ‘to a large extent’ managed to recover from those ‘issues’ and was studying for a degree at the London South Bank University.
Mr Davies added: “On this occasion, he comes back at Christmas, goes out with a couple of mates and they say ‘do you want to try this’. He’s had a couple of drinks. It was a stupid thing to do.”
Sentencing Shaw, presiding magistrate Brian Harvey said: “It doesn’t matter if it’s an A, B or C class drug, it soon clocks up on your record.”
He added: “You need to take action now to sort your life out. You don’t need to take drugs - you’ve got lots going for you.”
Shaw received a £75 fine and was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.
Magistrates ordered the drug to be forfeited and destroyed.