Jail for Ilkeston man who hid drugs in Kinder eggs

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A heroin addict who hid drugs in Kinder eggs has been jailed for four and a half years.

Grandad, Neil Fowkes, 54, of Cotmnahay Road pleaded guilty to two counts of possession and intent to supply heroin.

He was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Friday, February 20.

The court heard that Fowkes had been detained by two police officers in March last year. He broke free from them and tried to discard the drugs down a drain but an officer recovered the batch containing 23 £5 deals of heroin and 34 Suboxone tablets.

Prosecuting, Siward James-Moore, said that in police interview, Fowkes, said he did not sell the drugs, choosing to buy it in bulk.

He originally pleaded not guilty to the offence, until he was found to be hiding drugs at his home in January.

Mr James-Moore said: “He told the officers there was a Kinder egg at home with drugs in it. There were six wraps in that egg with ten deals of heroin in it. They also found a Kinder egg with 16 wraps of heroin in worth £130.”

Fowkes maintained he wasn’t a drug dealer and only sold it to people he knew.

Jasmine Kumar, defending, said Fowkes had been addicted to class A drugs for 20 years and had not been convicted of any offence between 2004 and 2014.

She said: “He is a family man and feels he has let down his daughter more than himself. The reason he wasn’t forthcoming is because he wanted to spend Christmas with his family. He is highly motivated to be a good, decent grandparent. He has three grandchildren, he will miss them and is unlikely to be visited by them.”

She said he now wanted to get off heroin, which he called a ‘dirty habit’ and had led to him accruing large amounts of debt.

In sentencing Fowkes to a total of 54 months in prison, Judge Hilary Watson, said: “The use of drugs is destructive and causes society big problems because of the criminal activity that funds it. People destroy themselves and the lives of others.”

Fowkes was sentenced to five and a half years in prison but this was reduced to four and a half on request of his barrister. He will serve 36 months for the first offence and 18 months for the second offence, to run consecutively. He will serve 18 months, to run concurrently, for possession of Suboxone.