Man caught with heroin wraps after falling asleep in Hartlepool hosptial waiting room

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A DRUGS plotter was caught with heroin wraps when he fell asleep in a hospital waiting room.

Staff at Sandwell Park, a mental health unit in Hartlepool, called the police when they suspected that Anthony Craske, 46, was in possession of drugs.

Police searched him and they found he had a DVD case in which there was a wrap of heroin and a £20 note, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Asked if there was anything else, he produced a children’s chocolate egg toy with 15 more wraps of heroin inside, said prosecutor Jenny Haig.

The Class A drugs were worth up to £150.

Craske said that he had been using heroin for 15 to 20 years, and he said he had bought it that morning for £100 for himself.

Miss Haig added: “He has accepted by his plea that he was planning to pass it on.”

Craske had previous convictions for possessing drugs, but none for supply.

Martin Scarborough, mitigating, said that the Sandwell Park arrest was in September 2011 and that Craske was initially released without being charged.

He told the judge: “He has made progress in the past two years. He knows that if he is given a chance today it will be his last chance. But there is a proposal in the pre-sentence report which he is prepared to take full advantage of.”

The judge, Recorder Paul Camp, told Craske: “You have shown genuine remorse.

“Your problems seem to be related to your problems with hard drugs, which you are taking steps to address.

“You are doing your best to deal with all these difficulties, and in addition you have had mental health problems as well.”

Craske, of Durham Street, on the Headland, was given an 18-month jail sentence suspended for two years with supervision after he pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.