Assistant manager caught with three types of drugs

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AN assistant manager of a food shop lost his job after being caught with three types of drugs at work.

Nicholas Holmes, who worked at Iceland store in Somercotes, was the subject of a routine staff search by his manager on September 2.

Chesterfield magistrates heard that police were called after cocaine, cannabis and 31 ecstasy tablets were found in his bag.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting said: “He said he worked as a DJ most weekends and he used the drugs as part of that scene.”

She added that it was accepted the drugs were intended for his own use and not for supplying to others.

Holmes, 23, of Davids Drive in Wingerworth, admitted three charges of possessing drugs. He had no previous convictions.

Presiding magistrate David Sobjak fined him £358, with £85 costs, and ordered that the drugs be destroyed.

“He had been at the store for six and a half years and worked his way up to assistant manager. He subsequently lost his employment,” said Paul Henocq, for Holmes.

“Recreational drug use was becoming a problem in terms of DJing at club venues at weekends, which was his hobby. Losing his job was a wake-up call.”

Mr Henocq added: “His parents were shocked and imposed their own house arrest on him.

“To his credit he has knuckled down and managed to get further employment, though not of the same level of remuneration.

“He hopes to go back to his hobby this year.”