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Man caught with £2 worth of drugs made to pay out £170

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A drug addict who was caught carrying just £2 worth of amphetamine was ordered to pay out £170 in fines and costs.

Peter James Marriott (50) of Market Street, Huthwaite was stopped on Ladybrook Lane in Mansfield late at night by a uniformed officer and searched.

However, two CID officers had earlier stopped Marriott, who is unemployed, and let him go after searching him.

The uniformed officer took him to the station, without being handcuffed, where he admitted the small bag of white paste was his.

Admitting a charge of possessing a class B drug at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, defending Danny Phillips, said his client had been an amphetamine user for 15 years and regularly injected the drug.

But he said: “He was totally compliant with police and he is not a serious addict who has to commit crime to fund his habit.

“In the last four years he has had regular accommodation and is a great deal more steady than he was.

“His offending has declined drastically in the past few years.”

He was ordered to pay a £70 fine, £85 costs, and a £20 surcharge.