Fake ecstasy led to arrest

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A Chesterfield dad-to-be who tried to hide drugs from police was unaware he had bought fake ecstasy.

Police decided to search Mark Parker, 23, after receiving a tip-off and saw him drop something from his pocket.

“It was some tablets. He resisted being searched and was abusive,” Sherall Pickford, prosecuting, told town magistrates.

“He said he had bought three tablets for £10, believing they were ecstasy. They were analysed and found to contain caffeine.”

Parker, of New Hall Road, Brampton, admitted obstructing police on May 25. He had a previous conviction for disorder. The justices fined him £175, with £85 costs.

“He acknowledges he was out of order. He went out and he had been drinking and that played a part in it,” said Julie Page, for Parker.

“He resisted police and used some choice language. If he hadn’t done that he wouldn’t be facing any charges.”

The court heard that Parker was a gardener and his partner was expecting their first child in February.