COURT: Jail for drug offender who breached suspended sentence

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

Police who stopped to speak to a known drug user found he had in his possession a quantity of amphetamine and heroin, a court heard.

Darren Lee Pendleton, 33, has now been jailed as the new offences put him in breach of an eight-week suspended prison sentence, imposed in July for handling stolen goods.

High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard last week how Pendleton had been seen by officers walking towards his home on Macclesfield Road on the morning of December 9.

John Cooper, prosecuting, said: “They noticed he appeared to be visibly shaking and out of breath and looked extremely pale.”

Pendleton told the officer he was on methadone script and had no drugs on him, but was found to be in possession of 1.8 grams of the class B drug amphetamine and 0.14 grams of heroin, a class A drug.

When interviewed he explained that he had arranged to buy heroin from a man he refused to name and had also been offered the amphetamine and had decided to purchase a bag.

Pendleton told police the methadone he received was not adequate for his needs and he topped it up with heroin.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said: “It won’t come as any surprise that he is a man who has struggled with drug issues for many years.”

She said Pendleton was voluntarily undergoing drug testing and had provided some negative tests.

However magistrates decided to activate six weeks of the suspended sentence, with a further two weeks to run consecutively for the new offences. Pendleton must also pay costs and a surcharge totalling £345.