Magistrates take pity on drug couple

TWO Mansfield drug addicts have been spared jail after being caught with a lethal drugs cocktail and attempting to hide it from police officers.

The town’s magistrates’ court heard how Paul Mills (29) threw a packet of brown powder out of the window when police executed a search warrant on his home at Scarrington Court on 6th September last year.

They managed to recover the heroin, but when police were talking to Mills’ partner, Laura Charnock (32), it became obvious she had something inside her mouth.

Robert Carr, prosecuting, said: “Police found out it was Nitrazepam, a class C drug.”

Louisa Treharne, defending, said she had known the pair from a very young age when they were both residents at a young person’s halfway house in Mansfield.

“She (Charnock) said she could not find the prescription (for the Nitrazepam)because it was an old one which is why she has been charged.”

Ms Treharne said Mills had long-term drugs issues and became addicted to heroin when he stopped taking amphetamine.

The pair were given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £40 in costs each.