Teenager had cash and drugs

PUBLISHED: 15:25 01 February 2007 | UPDATED: 13:48 04 May 2010

HUNDREDS of pounds worth of crack cocaine and £1,000 in cash was discovered when Little Downham teenager Reece Reddington was stopped in a car by police. When threatened with a strip search, Reddington threw the drugs into the grass, but DNA on the packag

HUNDREDS of pounds worth of crack cocaine and £1,000 in cash was discovered when Little Downham teenager Reece Reddington was stopped in a car by police.

When threatened with a strip search, Reddington threw the drugs into the grass, but DNA on the packaging showed it had come from him.

And the money - all in £20 notes - was in a package found on Reddington by officers at the roadside.

At Reddington's home in Matthew Wren Close, Little Downham, police found around £25 worth of cannabis, Ely magistrates were told.

Reddington, who was recently jailed for an offence of attempted rape, appeared in custody before Ely magistrates on Thursday. He admitted possessing both drugs.

Police first noticed Reddington's car on May 2 because it was being driven carelessly, said prosecutor Delia Matthews. He was followed and stopped, and officers noticed he smelled of cannabis. The money was in a package, and when Reddington was told he would be strip searched, he threw £600 worth of crack cocaine into the grass.

Mitigating, Jacqui Baldwin said Reddington was not a crack cocaine user, but his sister was an addict. Reddington had been concerned about the company he was keeping, and when he saw a person with the crack cocaine he took it.

Giving Reddington a two-month jail sentence, magistrates chairman Dr Christine Shaw told him: "We are concerned about the amount of drugs found in this area, and particularly around Little Downham in the last year or so, and we want to mark our concern about this.

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