Heroin user fined after police raid

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A DRUG offender has been punished after he was caught with heroin during a police raid.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Quentin Smith, 35, of Holland Road, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, was searched by police who discovered 0.2grammes of controlled class A drug diamorphine in his trousers.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Mahon said: “A search warrant was issued by police at an address and Smith was searched and a small amount of heroin with a street value of £10 was found in his trousers.

“He said he had bought £20 worth of the drug and had used the first half of the drug before police arrived.”

Smith, who has previous convictions including burglary, pleaded guilty to possessing the class A drug after the raid in Ripley, in February.

Defence solicitor Matthew Evans said the address that was raided was the home of an associate of Smith’s and the defendant should be given credit for an early guilty plea.

Mr Evans explained Smith had committed burglary in the past to feed his drug habit and despite coming off drugs he had a relapse and had become involved with the wrong crowd again.

He added that Smith had stopped taking heroin and is now taking the prescribed heroin substitute methadone.

Magistrate Ms Boyle said: “It was a small amount of drugs so we are going to deal with you by way of a financial penalty.”

Quentin Smith was fined £37 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.