Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Sorry Officer, but There's M-Cat in My Glovebox' 21-Year-Old's Confession

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Sorry Officer, but There's M-Cat in My Glovebox' 21-Year-Old's Confession

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Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court Reporter gareth.lightfoot@trinitymirror.com

A MAN who immediately confessed "there's M-cat in the glove box" when police stopped him driving a Renault Clio has avoided prison.

Officers found PS165 worth of M-cat and scales carrying traces of cannabis in Jake Lambert's car on Ash Green, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough. The 21-year-old was asked: "You're dealing, aren't you?" He replied: "Yes."

He said of the M-cat: "It's mine. I bought it off my mate to make some money."

Police discovered more than 50 tablets of Class C drugs in the car and in Lambert's home, Teesside Crown Court heard.

He had a gold-coloured "ornamental" knuckle duster, which he said fell into his car while he moved house.

His friend and back seat passenger Richard Nicholas, 22, was not involved with the drugs in the car pulled over on the evening of May 17, 2013.

But investigations revealed he was involved in a separate drug trade.

Phones carrying drug-related texts were seized from the pair, both from Coulby Newham in Middlesbrough.

Nicholas' texts included discussions of places to sell and requests for MCAT, said prosecutor David Crook yesterday.

One message advertised good-quality M-cat and a delivery service, saying: "Power kitty 15 a g and drop offs."

An M-cat drop-off was suggested following the question: "Do you fancy helping me out and making some money at the same time mate?" Other messages said: "Nice fat bags of stinky in. Cat in too. Absolute power... proper fattys... ring me boom!!" Mr Crook said the case was delayed partly due to mobile phone analysis, for which there is a "huge waiting list".

Lambert, of Woodlea, admitted possessing MCAT with intent to supply, possessing a Class C drug and possessing a Class C drug with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and having an offensive weapon. …

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