Chemist clain after drug find

Eastbourne Hastings Bexhill Rye Battle Herald Observer
Eastbourne Hastings Bexhill Rye Battle Herald Observer

A Wisbech man who was caught with amphetamines told police he had been given the drug by a Lithuanian chemist.

But a solicitor acting for Petras Matulas told King’s Lynn magistrates that a friend had given the substance to him, telling him he would “enjoy it”.

Matulas, 27, of Armada Close, Wisbech, pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug during a hearing on New Year’s Eve.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, told the court the drugs were found when police searched him after seeing him and another man in a car on Waterlees Road during the early hours of September 1.

During an interview, he said he had been given the drug in tablet form by a chemist in Lithuania, who advised him to ground them up.

He also claimed he didn’t know the substance was illegal.

But Jakki Upton, mitigating, said he now regretted what had happened, adding: “He’s never taken drugs before and he won’t in the future.”

Magistrates fined Matulas £135 and he was also ordered to pay £85 court costs, along with a £20 victim surcharge.