Teen in a 'bad crowd'

Last updated 10:55 30/07/2013

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A Blenheim teenager has been sentenced after he was caught with "magic" mushrooms, cannabis oil and smoking utensils.

Joshua James Brown, 17, was given 100 hours of community work and six months of supervision when he appeared in court yesterday.

The court was told that police carried out a search warrant at Brown's home on an unrelated matter.

During a search of his bedroom, police found two capsules of cannabis oil and 57 dried mushrooms.

They also found cannabis smoking utensils, including an adapted plastic bottle, in the property's garage and in Brown's backpack.

When spoken to by police, Brown, a Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology student, said the drugs were for his own use.

His lawyer, Nick McKessar, said the drugs had been given to Brown by friends.

Brown had fallen in with the wrong crowd, who had got him involved in the drug scene, Mr McKessar said.

Brown's mother was in court yesterday to support her son, he said.

Judge Russell said he hoped Brown had learnt from the incident.

"At your age you should be nowhere near the type of drugs you were involved with here," he said.

Judge Russell will spend the next month considering a jail sentence for a Blenheim man who has continually failed to carry out his community work.

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- The Marlborough Express

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