Man was caught smoking Black Mamba drug behind the Crooked Spire

A drug-user revealed he has had a 'ragingly' bad addiction to Black Mamba which left him lacklustre and struggling to sleep and eat.

Thursday, 30th November 2017, 4:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 4:34 am
Chesterfield's Crooked Spire.

Lance Ashton, 47, of Spring Bank Road, Chesterfield, was caught by police behind the Crooked Spire Church, on Church Way, Chesterfield, with another man smoking from a bong.

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Defence solicitor Anise Rowlands told a Chesterfield magistrates’ court hearing on November 23 how the cannabis-based drug had triggered a “ragingly bad addiction” leaving Ashton lethargic and unable to sleep and eat. Ashton pleaded guilty to possessing the class B drug MMB-FUBINACA.

Magistrates described the drug as “pernicious” but acknowledged Ashton is trying to quit Black Mamba.

Ashton was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge and he must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs.