Addict handed drugs to police

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A DRUG user walked into a police station, confessed he was a heroin addict and handed over wraps of heroin – twice in the space of 16 days.

Wayne Thompson told police he wanted to go back to jail to, “get his head together” and handed over seven wraps of the drug in the latest incident, a court heard.

He was remanded in custody and has now been given a 12-month prison term by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

The 32-year-old, of Regent Road, Blackpool, had admitted one charge of possessing heroin with intent to supply and another of supplying the drug.

Bob Sastry, prosecuting, said it was November 22 last year when Thompson walked into Blackpool Central police station, said he was a heroin addict and needed help.

He also said he had some drugs and wanted to go to prison. He handed over seven knotted plastic packages worth £10 each.

Mr Sastry added: “Asked why he had walked into the station, he said he wanted to hand himself in because he wanted to go back to prison ‘to get my head together’.

“He said he wasn’t in trouble with anyone.”

Thompson accepted having “sold a couple” of wraps that day.

The offences occurred 15 days after he was placed on a community order for possessing three wraps of heroin. On that earlier occasion he had got himself arrested in similar fashion.

Thompson had apparently threatened to harm two people if he wasn’t sent to prison.

Wayne Jackson, defending, told the court “He has spent 78 days on remand, sorting his head out.”

The barrister said the offences were effectively a cry for attention.

Mr Jackson added: “He has not been caught through street dealing or through telephone conversation.

“In all my years I have never encountered a defendant who has gone into a police station and admitted these things straight away”.

The judge, Recorder Michael Leeming, said it would send out the wrong message to other drug users if Thompson was not given a custodial term for his offences, even in circumstances as unusual as his case.