Teenager dealt ‘bubble’

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A WIGAN teenager who was caught with the illegal drug “miaow miaow” has been ordered to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work.

A court heard that when Joshua Ashurst bought the drug, mephedrone, it was legal but the law changed shortly afterwards and it is now outlawed.

Judge John Phipps told the 18-year-old: “dabbling with any sort of drugs is hugely dangerous.

“You bought these drugs while they were legal and then sent some text messages to your friends saying you had some ‘bubble’. By then it was illegal.”

Sentencing him and ordering him to pay £300 prosecution costs the judge added: “Let this be an end to experimenting with drugs. There is only one way you go with experimenting with drugs and that is down.”

Ashurst, of Wingfield Close, Beech Hill, pleaded guilty to possessing the drug and offering to supply it.

Harry Pepper, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that police stopped a Citreon car in Gidlow Lane, Wigan, on the evening of May 13 containing three men.

Ashurst was in the front passenger seat and under his seat were four bags of the drug, weighing just under 3g.

He told police he knew nothing about the drugs but admitted a mobile phone belonged to him.

When this was later analysed there were various text messages about “bubble” including one saying, “got loads of bubble if you want,” said Mr Pepper.

Steven Swift, defending, said that Ashurst, who has never been in trouble before, was only 17 at the time of the offences.

He had paid £3 a gram for the drug. It had been legal when he bought it but became illegal on April 16.

He was said to be a hard working joiner working for his grandfather but he and friends had been experimenting with drugs, though legally.

“He is fearful of the consequences of his offending and has learnt his lesson,” said Mr Swift.