A FORMER drug addict, caught with a £10 wrap of heroin, told police he had been given the ‘taster’ to lure him back to his habit.
Christopher Darby had ‘a drug problem spanning a decade’ before deciding to finally kick the habit eight months ago, Habib Ahmed, defending, told Solihull Magistrates Court.
Mr Ahmed said Darby, of Auckland Drive, Smith’s Wood, was even ‘grateful’ to police who stopped him on Haselour Road, Chelmsley Wood at 3pm on July 15.
“Eight months ago, he stopped using heroin, he sought help from The Bridge rehab clinic in Chelmsley Wood”, he said.
“On this occasion his dealer, who hadn’t seen him for a long time, gave him the wrap as a taster, to lure him back in. It was a very small amount of heroin. He admitted he had been tempted to take it... and was grateful that he was stopped by officers.”
The 30-year-old, a qualified bricklayer, also had ongoing mental health issues including self-harm and suicidal tendencies, the court heard.
Darby admitted possessing a Class A drug and was ordered to pay fines and costs of £210.