A TEENAGER with a box of MCAT under his bed estimated to be worth between £690 and £1,035 said he bought the drug in bulk 'because it was cheaper'.

Police searched the 17-year-old's Birdwell home after he was stopped because he had white powder around his nose and three bags of the drug on him, Barnsley Youth Court was told.

John Kavanagh, prosecuting, said: "The boy bought the drug in bulk because it was cheaper."

Philip Howard, defending, said the MCAT found in the boy's bedroom was not pure. He urged the court to treat the police's estimated street value with care.

He said the boy had taken the drug on and off for two years and gave £90 to a friend who knew someone who could get it in bulk.

The teenager, who admitted possession of drugs, had his case adjourned until August 23 for a pre-sentence report and was granted unconditional bail.