Rhos man seen throwing cocaine is given fine

Published date: 10 January 2014 |
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A MAN threw a bag of cocaine over his shoulder after panicking when he saw police officers on patrol, a court was told.

Thomas George Rowley, 19, of Pearson Street, Rhos, admitted being caught in possession of the class A drug on Pentredwr Road, Rhos, on October 25.

He was fined £110 at Wrexham Magistrates Court.

Rowley, who was said to be of previous good character, had just bought the cocaine and was walking along the road at 10pm when two PCSOs on a routine patrol spotted him.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said Rowley seemed to be “behaving suspiciously” and was refusing to make eye contact with the officers so they decided to walk over towards him.

On seeing the officers approaching, Rowley took a bag out of his pocket, bit into it, and threw the contents – described as “white powder and stones” – over his shoulder.

Some of the powder hit Rowley in the face.

He was apprehended by police and, when he taken to the ground, officers noticed him place his left hand under his torso to hide something, which he then revealed to be a bag containing more white powder with a hole in.

Melissa Griffiths, defending, said her client became “panicky” when the PCSOs walked towards him and had decided to dispose of the drugs in the best way he could.

She said Rowley, who was living with his parents, did not have a cocaine problem and had not touched any drugs since his arrest.

As well as the £110 fine, District Judge Andrew Shaw ordered Rowley to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

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