Man thrown out of Norwich nightclub with white powder around his nostrils is locked away

Fluke, on Prince of Wales Road, Norwich.  PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Fluke, on Prince of Wales Road, Norwich. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Friday, February 7, 2014
9:30 AM

A “silly young man” ejected from a Norwich nightclub with cocaine all over his nostrils has been sent to a young offenders’ institute for eight months.

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Tyler Ryder, 20, was being restrained by door staff outside Fluke, in Prince of Wales Road, when officers intervened, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.

They found four bags of cocaine on his person, and when in custody found £30 in his shoe and a further £60 on his person.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said: “It appears Mr Ryder got into some difficulty at Fluke nightclub where police saw him being restrained by door staff.

“They saw he had been ejected from the nightclub and saw he had white powder in and around his nostrils.

“They thought that was likely to be cocaine and found four clear bags which were found to contain essentially four deals worth around £40 to £50 each.

Ryder, of George Fox Way, Norwich, had told officers the powder on his nose was “sniff” and he had been out for a “birthday do”, the court heard.

“He accepted the powder was cocaine he was going to have himself,” said Mr Youell. “He said the rest was going to a friend of his and a friend of his friend’s.”

Officers at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre found text messages relating to drug deals on Ryder’s phone.

But Mr Youell said there was no intelligence Ryder was a drug dealer - rather it was social supply, and he had pooled with friends to save money.

Ryder had pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply at an earlier hearing.

The incident happened in the early hours of May 26 last year.

John Morgans, defending, said: “He’s a 20-year-old of previous good character who’s got himself into a very serious situtation.

He added Ryder was involved with class A drugs for a “fairly limited” amount of time, but still uses cannabis.

And he said the fact officers could spot white powder on Ryder highlighted the “amateurish” way he was dealing with things.

“The fact it’s visible around his nostrils shows the lack of professionalism in this case,” added Mr Morgans. “This is a silly young man who has got in way above his head and he’s got a wake-up call in this case.”

He said the drugs were of low purity, Ryder was of previous good character and had apologised for his actions.

Ryder worked at a recycling centre in Wymondham after leaving school and is currently looking for apprenticeships as a bricklayer or electrician, added Mr Morgans.

Judge Anthony Bate, sentencing, said: “Class A drug use among young people who go to nightclubs is a very real social problem.

“It has issues not only for the people themselves but for public order in such establishments.”

Ryder was sentenced to eight months in a young offender institution, the drugs were forfeited and destroyed, his phone was seized, £90 was forfeited and he was made to pay £80 costs.

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