A man who started taking heroin a quarter of a century ago while he was in prison was found with the drug in Blackpool.
Hugh Stillie, unemployed, 55, of Palatine Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to possession of the class A drug.
He was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £180 court charge with £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates who ordered the destruction of the drugs.
Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Stillie was in the Co-op, Coronation Street, on September 7 at 5pm, when police found the drug hidden in his top.
Hugh Pond, defending, said his client, who had a long criminal record of approximately 60 previous convictions, had first been introduced to heroin about 25 years ago while in a Scottish prison. He is now on a methadone prescription.