Police catch drug-user with cocaine and cannabis

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A drug-user was caught by police with cocaine and cannabis after officers stopped and searched a vehicle.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, March 14, how Merrick Rhoomes, 28, was a passenger in the vehicle in Eastwood and during a search a wrap of cocaine fell from his underwear.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Police carried out a stop-search of a vehicle and Rhoomes was a passenger and on searching the vehicle a wrap fell from his underwear and he was arrested.

“He was brought to custody and police found a small amount of cannabis.

“The cocaine had a street value of £160 and the cannabis had a street value of £5.”

Rhoomes made no comment to police, according to Mrs Allsop, when he was asked where he had got the larger wrap from and what his intentions were with that amount of drugs.

Mrs Allsop added that Rhoomes did state that he regularly used cannabis and spent £10 a day on this drug which he paid for from his Job Seekers’ Allowance benefits and his money box.

Rhoomes, of Newmarket Road, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to possessing 3.14grammes of cocaine, a class A drug, and to possessing cannabis, a controlled class B drug, after the search in November, last year.

The court heard how Rhoomes had also failed to surrender to custody when he had been on bail and had been due in court on February 12.

By being found with the drugs, Rhoomes also breached a suspended sentence for previous convictions of having control of a counterfeit currency note and passing a counterfeit note.

Defence solicitor Denny Lau said: “He has tried to pull himself away from the courts. He now has a child to look after because his partner gave birth in prison and she is serving a six-month custodial sentence. He’s got every incentive to stay away from trouble.”

Magistrates sentenced Rhoomes to a 12 month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work and he was warned any breach could lead to a custodial sentence.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.