Above: James Mason leaving court on November 22.
This is one of those stories that will leave you scratching your head.
On October 17, a 21-year-old Englishman by the name of James Mason, after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly, laughed at police as he produced a small bag of cocaine he'd successfully hidden from them in the foreskin of his penis. Apparently he was more interested in boasting of how he'd fooled the officers than in avoiding prosecution.
What I found almost as surprising as the method of concealment was the light punishment Mason received. On November 22, magistrates at the North Tyneside Magistrates Court fined Mason £120 and ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge. In American terms, he got through this fiasco with nothing but a bill for about $300.
In the United States, hiding a bag of cocaine from the cops would almost certainly get you in a lot more trouble, and waste a lot more resources, than that.
The story was originally reported here by Nicole Morley and David Bentley for Birmingham Live.
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Post submitted by Daegog; write-up by Squrlz.