User claims arrest saved him from slippery slope

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A MAN who last week admitted to possessing a small amount of class B drugs said he was glad he was caught by police, magistrates in Boston heard.

David Butler was found to be carrying about a gram of amphetamine when he was stopped by police on June 28, the court was told on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old claimed he had been tempted to use the drug to help him sleep, but was grateful that it was confiscated by police as it stopped him taking the substance, which he used to be addicted to, said Phillipa Chatterton, defending,

He pleaded guilty to possession of the controlled drug when he stood before the court.

Prosecuting, Jim Clare said Butler, of The Chase, Fishtoft, was seen to throw a small wrap of drugs away from his car after he was stopped by police.

Another wrap was later discovered between his legs.

He admitted to police immediately what the wraps contained and how much there was.

In mitigation, the court was told that Butler had been a long-standing amphetamine addict, and at one point had turned to supplying the drug to fund his habit.

He was jailed in recent years, which gave him ‘a genuine wake-up call’, and encouraged him to sort his life out, Miss Chatteron said.

She added that he had got back on his feet and found a job working seven days a week, but had been tempted to use amphetamine to keep himself awake.

Butler told her he had only just bought the drugs when he was stopped.

Miss Chatterton added: “He says he is quite relived he was stopped as it stopped him taking the drug and prevented him from getting on that slippery slope.

“This is a one-off. He has resolved never to be tempted again.”

Magistrates sentenced him to a 12-month conditional discharge, ordered him to pay £85 court costs and requested forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.