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M-Cat found in bags at Gemini Guest House
A DEALER’S stash of a former “legal high” drug was found by staff at a Basingstoke guest house.
Cleaning staff at the Gemini Guest House, in Hackwood Road, found mephedrone worth £1,720 in a drawer of a room occupied by 18-year-old Scott Porter.
They called the Hampshire County Council adult services department, which had referred Porter to the guest house. Social services staff then called the police.
Porter appeared at Winchester Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply, at a previous hearing.
Peter Asteris, prosecuting, said the mephedrone, otherwise known as M-Cat, was found in bags on July 2 this year while Porter was out and the room was being cleaned. Staff also found a cannabis grinder and scales. M-Cat was made illegal in 2010.
Mr Asteris added that on previous days, staff had noticed men in a dark-coloured car coming to the guest house and going into Porter’s room.
Hilary Thomas, defending, said Porter started dealing after he broke his leg in a car crash on the M4 motorway in November last year, which stopped him from attending a plumbing and bricklaying course.
She said: “He is currently a young man with a brain. He just needs to put that to better use.”
Judge Susan Evans gave Porter a 34-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and drugs rehabilitation course requirements.
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