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Kirkby Stephen man admits drugs offences

Carlisle Magistrates Court

On Friday 18th October police stopped a vehicle on the A1 northbound near junction 48.

The driver of the vehicle Christopher Turnbull-Allen, aged 33 and the passenger, aged 19 – were arrested.

Christopher Turnbull-Allen, 33 of Westgarth Court, Kirby Stephen has been charged in connection with possession of a class B substance with intent to supply. He is to attend York Crown Court in  November 2019.

A 19-year-old man from Kirby Stephen was arrested on suspicion of a possession of class B substance with intent to supply and released under investigation.

This followed the discovery of Class B drugs within the vehicle, with an approximate street value of £5,100

Peter Bardsley prosecuting told the court  a black Skoda Octavia car was stopped by North Yorkshire police on the A1 road near Wetherby, found in the car under the passenger seats were bags of illegal drugs.

Turnbull-Allen pleaded guilty to the possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class B, a Cathinoe derivative, Methylmetcathinone  known as Methedrone, the court was told the weight of the drugs found was 255-grammes, with a street value estimate of £5,100, the court was told the white powder was in a  number of `snap-bags”.

The magistrates were told the defendant has a number of previous convictions for drug related offences.

Police have recovered a mobile phone, but at the moment cannot get into it, as the number is protected.

Mark Shepherd for Turnbull-Allen told the court his client is on a “well trodden path, drug user to supplier,” he admits the possession of the drugs and that some would be sold and the rest for his own personal use, he admits he is a high-user of illegal drugs and has become addicted.

Magistrates sent the case for sentence to a Crown Court the venue expected is to be York, and on a date as yet to be confirmed,  Turnbull-Allen was remanded in custody until such date as the Crown Court advises.

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