Man caught with £10 heroin deal was ‘in wrong place at wrong time’

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

A Buxton man was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” after being spotted by police coming out of a property suspected of being used for supplying drugs, a court heard.

Christian Lee Harrison was seen leaving the property in Fairfield on December 17 with something in his clenched fist, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday.

John Cooper, prosecuting, said when officers stopped and searched Harrison they found he had in his possession 0.2g of heroin, a class A drug.

“It was a normal, slightly underweight £10 deal,” Mr Cooper said.

The court heard the drugs offence put Harrison in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed in April.

Annis Rowlands, defending, said: “It is a straight forward matter. You should be aware that on December 17 police were not looking for Mr Harrison, they were seeking another individual.

“It was Mr Harrison’s misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time coming out of an address where police had their suspicions.”

She said Harrison had been at the address legitimately and, aware the police were behind him, tried to get rid of the heroin without success.

Referring to the conditions attached to her client’s suspended prison sentence, Ms Rowlands said he had successfully completed a drug rehabilitation and testing requirement and had stopped his amphetamine use. She said he was on a methadone script and occasionally took street heroin.

Magistrates gave Harrison, of Monsal Avenue, a five-week curfew between 7pm and 7am. He must also pay £85 costs and a £60 government surcharge.