A Pleasley mother-of-four and ex-heroin addict has been fined after admitting being caught in possession of the drug.
Mansfield magistrates’ court was told this month how a police officer in an unmarked car saw Ann Marie Mullins, 37, of Cambria Road, purchasing the drug from a dealer on Rock Hill.
Matthew Greene, defending, said Mullins had been off heroin for 10 years but had been unable to collect her latest methadone prescription due to family issues.
He added: “She fell very ill and sought heroin as a substitute. Luckily, she never took the heroin. She was arrested and tested at the police station for the drug. She is back on track.”
Mr Greene said Mullins worked part-time as a cleaner, which had helped her keep her life stable and this incident had been the brief relapse. The mother-of-four was fined £200 and must pay £50 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.