A man caught by police in possession of a ‘bubble-like’ drug to share with a friend has escaped jail.
Marc John Watson, of Walton Street, Accrington thought he had mephedrone or ‘bubble’ but was actually carrying NRG2 – a similar class B drug.
Burnley Crown Court heard how Watson was spotted by police on Spring Street in Accrington at around 12.30am on September 25.
Sarah Statham, prosecuting, told the court he started running away and as the police gave chase he dropped a packet of white powder on the pavement.
When arrested he told officers it was ‘bubble’ and was for recreational use for him and a friend.
Miss Statham said a forensic analysis showed the drug wasn’t bubble but ‘something similar’.
A text message on Watson’s phone showed he was planning on splitting half of the 21 grams of drugs with a friend, the court heard.
Daniel King, defending, said Watson had a good job and the court proceedings had made him ill. He said: "The arrest for this offence has had a salutary affect on him. He has stopped using drugs and going out with the same group of people and has worked hard to keep out of trouble. He has learned his lesson and he won’t be dabbling with any controlled drugs in the future."
Watson, 26, pleaded guilty at Burnley Crown Court to possessing methylethycathinone with intent to supply.
He was committed to prison for 20 weeks, suspended for 12 months, was ordered to carry out 80 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £250.
Sentencing, Judge Beverley Lunt said she had read a ‘very good’ letter from his employer but said he was now a drug dealer.
She said: "That’s what your record now shows. It’s a wicked, evil trade and you are putting money into that. You decided to do that. I am not going to destroy your life, you can do that on drugs if you want to. You seem to be growing up and let’s hope that continues."
Judge Lunt added Watson had no relevant previous convictions and had shown remorse for his actions.