Man fined for being found with Class A drug

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An Eastbourne man who tried to dispose of a bag of cocaine when police officers turned up an address has been fined.

Richard Watsham, of Anderida Road, was caught out by officers when they arrived at the property in Herstmonceux on January 27 this year following reports of a person being offered drugs.

Eastbourne magistrates heard the 24-year-old opened the door to police and as they spoke to him he reached into his trouser pockets and pulled out a white bag which he was trying to conceal and dropped it at the end of a bed.

Police picked up the bag which the court heard was later found to be the Class A drug cocaine.

At a hearing at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday this week Watsham pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled drug of Class A.

David Alexander, defending, said, “It’s an early guilty plea and please give credit where you can.

“He got a job with a construction company self employed and he hopes to go back to that next week as a labourer.

“He remarks that he ‘doesn’t do the white stuff’ and he has no conviction showing that.

“He can’t explain this on the night in question he went out drinking went to the address in Herstmonceux and he accepts he must have obtained the drugs somewhere.

“He frankly doesn’t remember much about it.

“It’s a small amount.

“This is the first time he has been involved with Class A and hopefully the last.

“You could give him a conditional discharge.”

He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and must pay £85 costs.

Magistrates also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.