Alfreton man Carl England caught with drugs after police raid

AN Alfreton man was caught with amphetamine and cannabis when police raided his home, a court was told on Monday

Officers with a drugs search warrant went to Carl England’s address on 19th September and found the drugs.

They arrested England (36) and his girlfriend, Teresa Mann, who was on police bail for other alleged drug offences at the time.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates that £45-worth of amphetamine was seized, plus a small amount of cannabis.

“He said she had a smoke now and again and he didn’t gain financially from that - he just gave her some if she asked him to,” said Mrs Griffiths.

England, of Peasehill, Alfreton, admitted two charges of possessing drugs.

He had previous convictions for burglary and handling stolen goods and had been locked up in the past.

He was fined £81, with £85 costs, by presiding magistrate Linda Brooks, who ordered that the drugs be destroyed.

“His girlfriend was staying at his address. She should have been stopping at another address and warrants were executed at both addresses,” said John Last, for England.

“He said his girlfriend occasionally had a smoke of cannabis.”

Mr Last said England had worked from 1997 until last year when his job in the window replacement industry became a victim of the economic downturn.

“His recreational use of drugs stemmed from unemployment and ‘idle hands’ and he has stopped it,” added Mr Last.

Mann (31) was being dealt with separately for alleged possession of cannabis on the same date.