Addict spared jail after street deal

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A MAN caught red-handed buying drugs in a Doncaster street has been spared jail because of his attempts to cure his addiction.

Adrian Turner, aged 43, tried to swallow the packet of heroin he had just bought in Hyde Park, Doncaster, when he was stopped by police, the town’s Crown Court was told.

Neil Coxon, prosecuting, said plain-clothed officers were on patrol near the junction of Carr House Road and Chequer Road when they saw Turner speaking to other men and a suspicious exchange took place.

The officers approached them and one man ran away but Turner was apprehended and tried to put a package in his mouth. It was heroin with a street value of £340.

Turner, of St John’s Road. Balby, pleaded guilty to possessing controlled drugs with intent to supply after admitting the heroin would have been shared with his girlfriend.

He had paid £150 for it and the police found another £365 cash in his pocket.

When interviewed he denied dealing in drugs and the judge accepted Turner appeared to be addressing his drugs problem.

He was handed a community order with 12 months’ supervision and the £340 in cash was confiscated.