Spliff-smoking learner driver took mate’s dad’s car for a spin – moments after drugs stash seized

Cannabis, cocaine, grip seal bags and digital scales were discovered in a police raid – but Levi Terry stated he is just a “heavy” drug user.

The 28-year-old appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court for possession offences.

A court also heard how the learner driver took his friend’s dad’s car for a spin despite having no driving licence or insurance.

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The Marske man appeared at the Middlesbrough court on Thursday to face four charges.

The unemployed worker, who has “four spliffs a day”, pleaded guilty to driving without a licence or insurance on The Stray, Redcar, on August 19.

He also admitted possession of cocaine and cannabis on the same day in Redcar.

Prosecutor Jo Hesse told how police executed a search warrant at his partner’s home address.

Cannabis and cocaine were found in the property along with digital scales and grip seal bags in the boiler cupboard.

A wrap of cocaine on the table and “carrier bag in the downstairs toilet” were among the drugs seized by force, a court heard.

Ms Hesse told how later the same morning, police received a report of a person driving without insurance along The Stray.

Terry was the “sole occupant” of the BMW and admitted to officers he did not have insurance or a licence.

Ms Hesse added that the vehicle belonged to his friend’s father and he was “taking the vehicle to get repaired for an upcoming MOT”.

‘Heavy user’

The prosecutor told how he was arrested for possession with intent to supply and a police investigation was launched.

However, the force concluded Terry was not supplying the drugs and the charge was downgraded to possession of controlled drugs.

The court heard how Terry is a “heavy user”, who has up to “four spliffs a day”, and uses scales to separate cocaine out to “regulate use”.

Ms Hesse said Terry has four convictions for five offences.

Sarah Lish, mitigating, said Terry entered “prompt guilty pleas” and made “full admissions” to police officers.

She told how her client is a “user of drugs” but there was no evidence to suggest Terry was “under the influence when driving”.

Ms Lish added that Terry “accepted wrong doing”.

The court heard how Terry had never passed a driving test and has only been a provisional licence holder.

District judge Natalie Wortley told of her concerns over the bag found in the home, as well as the quantity of drugs.

She ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Terry, of Skelton Drive, Marske, was later fined £240 for the offences.

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