A SOMERCOTES man was caught with heroin during a search at a police station, a court was told.
Kyle Oates (25) had been detained in connection with a different matter and he was searched in a custody suite.
A foil wrap containing a small amount of heroin was found and he told officers he had intended to inject the drug.
The offence took place on 29th September - three weeks after he assaulted partner Louise Robinson at her Riddings home following a row about his drug abuse.
He was sentenced for the assault on 10th October, when Chesterfield magistrates imposed 120 hours unpaid work and a one-year probation supervision order, including a drug rehabilitation programme.
Denney Lau, for Oates, said it was unfortunate that the assault and drug offences could not be dealt with at the same hearing.
“He wasn’t inteviewed about the drugs matter until 24th October. He is already getting help on a drug order and he is doing well on it.
“He has been providing negative samples in recent drug tests,” said Mr Lau.
Oates, unemployed, of Windmill Rise, Somercotes, admitted possessing heroin. He was cautioned by police for a similar offence five years ago.
Magistrates fined him £52, with £85 costs, and ordered that the heroin be destroyed.