Man ‘pulled a bag of cocaine from his penis’ during strip search in police station

A man who laughed at police when they found no drugs in his pockets was later found to be hiding a bag of cocaine in his penis, a court heard.

James Mason told the officers, “ha ha, told you I had f*** all on us you mugs”, when they searched him after a disturbance at a student accommodation block.

But the 21-year-old was taken to the police station anyway for being drunk and disorderly “after one too many swear words”.

He had been warned about his swearing and told to leave area, but he replied: ‘I’m going to go back in there and f****** smash their heads in, the mugs.’ On the way to the station in Newcastle the officers noticed Mason fiddling with his sock and putting his hand down his trousers.

They handcuffed him ‘to stop him messing with his clothes’ and put in a request to strip search him when they got to the police station. He was then strip-searched at the station, where he ‘removed his trousers, pulled back his foreskin and pulled a white bag of powder from his penis’.

‘The defendant was asked what it was and replied that it was cocaine,’ prosecutor Bethany Jendrzejewski said. Mason, of Dowling Avenue, Whitley Bay admitted possession of a Class A drug and being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

Mason was fined £120 after magistrates said they had ‘rarely seen such an example of foolish adolescent behaviour’. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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