A MAN found with bags of drugs in his Burton home told police he was planning to use drugs after his two young children had gone to bed, a court heard.
Officers discovered two bags of cannabis and another of mephedrone, also known as M-Cat, when they executed a drugs warrant at Nathan Croly’s home in All Saints Road earlier this year.
The 32-year-old admitted two charges of possession of class B drugs when he appeared before Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Karen Walton, prosecuting, told the court Croly had tried to hide drugs from police when the visited the property on April 19, but he later admitted he he bought them for his own personal use.
She added: “He said he lived at the address with his girlfriend and two children. There were two friends in the house when the warrant was carried out. He said they were intending to smoke some cannabis and sniff some M-Cat when the children were in bed.”
Croly said he had bought the drugs from friends that evening, and paid a total of £285 for the haul, Mrs Walton said.
He has a number of previous convictions for drug offences.
However, Tim Haines, defending, said he had committed no further offences since this incident, and he had also managed to secure a stable job in the months since then.
Mr Haines told the court: “Mr Croly is no stranger to the police, or to the court, but this has been very much a turning point for Mr Croly, notwithstanding his past convictions.
“He has had an ultimatum from his long-term partner, who said enough is enough – the drug use must stop.
“He’s now putting drug misuse behind him. “
Croly is now working as a tyre-loader for Pirelli.
Sentencing, magistrates pointed out this happened only a week after he had been in court for another matter.
He was fined a total of £360 and told to pay £20 surcharge and £85 costs.
The bench also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs which were found at the property.