Drugs found in car after crash

A former drug user blamed a friend after heroin was found in a car which crashed in Ilkeston, a court heard.

Jobless John Crawshaw claimed the two wraps of heroin had been given in payment for a lift, although he had not taken drugs for seven years.

The 43-year-old, of Blake Street, was found guilty in his absence of having Class A drugs on June 8.

When he appeared at Derby Magistrates’ Court the following day, he was fined £200 with £100 prosecution costs and a £15 government surcharge.

District Judge Joanne Alderson told him: “I hope you are not going back to your old ways because if you are, you are going to end up in prison again.”

She ordered the destruction of the drugs.

Jazz Soodi, mitigating, said Crawshaw received medication for epilepsy after having two seizures. He also suffers from chronic pancreatitis and lives on sickness benefit.

He said: the passenger offered him the heroin for the lift but Crawshaw refused: “He told him to leave the car and the drugs were found in the footwell on the passenger side.”

Andrea Charity, prosecuting, said the heroin was valued at £10. The two wraps were found after the car crashed into a front garden in Wood Street.

“He said he was driving and dropped his friend off and the friend gave him two wraps for the lift. He said he knocked his hand and they fell on the floor and he drove off,” she added.