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.
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.