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COURT: Teen dodges jail after 'sniffing a white powder' at a Maidstone nightclub

Friday 23rd August 2019

A TEENAGER dodged jail after being found with cocaine, cannabis and ketamine at a Maidstone nightclub.

Colin Wray (19,) of Coldharbour Lane had been seen by door staff at the Source Bar sniffing “a white powder” which was later identified as cocaine.

Prosecuting, Julie Farbrace said: “At around 2am on April 13, the defendant was at the Source Bar in Maidstone. Door staff had detained him after he was seen sniffing a white powder in the nightclub. Mr Wray handed over two bags of white powder and was removed from the bar.

“During a search, another bag of white powder fell from his trousers. Police also seized a black Nokia phone which had evidence of supplying drugs.”

Defending, Ben Pite said: “My client is a young gentleman, he is just 19 years old. He had just come out of a six year relationship and also recently lost two great aunts and his grandad.

“He started using drugs and as a result landed in quite a lot of debt. He is aware of the seriousness of this court appearance.”

The court heard Wray works on and off doing maintenance work with his uncle and also helps out with horses.

Mr Pite added: “Work has dried up a bit recently for him.”

Probation officer, Joe Green said: “Mr Wray has said he has been smoking weed for two years now daily. He admits he occasionally uses cocaine and ketamine. He has obviously racked up some debt from this habit and wanted to find a way to clear it. He started to supply others as a means to pay off his debt.

“He has cut back on smoking cannabis but it is still in use a couple of days a week to help him relax and sleep. He tells me he hasn’t used cocaine since April.

Chairman of the bench, Jacqueline Curtis said: “These are very serious offences and I’m going to tell you, you could have just gone to prison today as it is at that serious level.

“You are in a very unenviable situation aren’t you?”

Wray pleaded guilty to the possession of cocaine and ketamine. He was also charged for supplying cannabis. He was given an 18 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also given a £170 fine.