Woman had drugs stash at work

A Little Eaton woman lost her job after being caught with cocaine and cannabis at work, a court heard.

Police attended the premises of A1 Communications in Turnpike business park, Alfreton, on August 30 after receiving a call saying that Marie Horner had a tin containing white powder in her coat pocket.

“She admitted it was cocaine and her vehicle was searched and a small bag of cannabis was also recovered,” Lynn Manning, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.

“She said she had been taking drugs for a number of years and she spent £60 a month on them.”

Horner,25, of Barley Close, Little Eaton, near Derby, admitted two charges of possessing drugs. She received a one-year conditional discharge, with £85 costs, and the justices ordered that the drugs be destroyed.

Her solicitor, Mark Salt, said she had bought the drugs for £40 at her best friend’s funeral on the day before being arrested.

She believed a former colleague who had not been retained by her employer had called police out of “spite” and she lost her job after the drugs were found at work.

Mr Salt said Horner was a carer for her severely ill father who suffered from a respiratory disease and was unable to move without assistance.

He added: “Last year she met a young man who helped her quite a bit financially and she started a relationship with him - and that’s how she started taking drugs

Drugs had given her an “escape” from worries about her father. She became addicted to cocaine but stopped using drugs in February until the day of the funeral.

“She is being tested every week and she is proud to be clean of drugs now,” said Mr Salt.