Hucknall police nabbed cocaine before Mansfield man could open bag

A Mansfield man didn't get the chance to enjoy the cocaine he'd just bought before police swooped on him in a Hucknall pub.

Thursday, 25th November 2021, 4:44 pm

Officers found Duane Anthony in possession of an unopened bag of the Class A drug, at a pub on Nabbs Lane, on October 26.

Anthony, 35, of Old Mill Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse, admitted possession when he appeared at Mansfield Magistrates Court, on Thursday.

Prosecutor Becky Allsop said the offence breached a six-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, imposed by Derby Crown Court for two counts of handling stolen goods, in June 2020.

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He appeared before Mansfield Magistrates' Court

Stephen Burdon, mitigating, said Anthony had complied with the court order and his last probation appointment is due next week.

He said the defendant's last conviction for drugs was in 2015, which "doesn't seem to display a pattern of offending."

Anthony was fined £120 with a £34 surcharge and £85 costs.

Magistrates treated it as a "one off," but said the crown court would be notified.