Ipswich, Felixstowe and Aldeburgh men admit possessing drugs

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

Three men caught with drugs on them have appeared in court.

Michael Spurgeon, of Yeoman Close, Ipswich, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to possession of nine grammes of cannabis.

The 42-year-old also admitted failing to attend a follow-up assessment in relation to Class A drugs at a rehab agency.

The cannabis offence occurred on May 2. The assessment offence happened on January 21.

Sue Threadkell, representing the self-employed plasterer, said Spurgeon had missed his appointment with Turning Point as he went to a job because he needed the income.

Spurgeon was fined a total of £295 and ordered to pay £85 costs, as well as £30 to the victims’ fund.

In a separate hearing Thomas Mackmin, of Franklin Close, Aldeburgh, admitted two drug offences.

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The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and possessing ecstasy on April 30.

Prosecutor Adele Cook said the offences occurred at 1.30am after Mackmin was ejected from Revolution in the Cattle Market, Ipswich.

He was detained by police and searched.

An officer found a clear bag containing a white substance, which turned out to be cocaine.

The court was told it weighed 1.3grammes and was valued at around £50.

£5 worth of MDMA was also found.

Mackmin told police he uses cocaine every one to two weeks and occasionally uses ecstasy.

Asked if he had anything to say, Mackmin - who was representing himself - replied: “It was just stupid. I think I’m going to stop now.”

He was fined £600 and ordered to pay £85 costs, as well as £40 to the victims’ fund.

During a third hearing Andrew Nicoll, of Constable Road, Felixstowe, admitted possession of a Class B drug and two shop thefts.

The 33-year-old, formerly of Vernon Street, Ipswich, went into HMV in Ipswich town centre on April 7 and stole a bluetooth speaker worth £59.99.

The following day he stole a £50 electric toothbrush from Superdrug in Ipswich.

When Nicoll was arrested herbal cannabis was found on him.

The court was told Nicoll, who had 88 previous entries on his criminal record, was seeking help for his drug and alcohol problems.

He was given an 18-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a total of £210.99 in compensation and costs.