A Selston man was caught with amphetamine after police allegedly witnessed a drug deal.
Officers saw Fiat Punto driver Dean Hunt receive a package outside McDonald’s in Somercotes after midnight.
However, nothing was recovered by officers during a search of his car but 1.3g of amphetamine was found on the ground near where he was standing.
“He was taken to the police station and he made no comment in interview,” Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates.
Hunt, 40, of Crescent Road, admitted possessing amphetamine on April 22, last year, and was fined £88, with £85 court costs.
The court heard he committed a similar offence in 2007 and was locked up for an offence not related to drugs the following year.
“He says he is a recreational user of amphetamine, not a dependant user, and he bought the drugs for his own use.
“He has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety.
“He receives medication and he has stopped taking amphetamine,” said Annette Thomas, for Hunt.
She added that the former fork-lift truck driver had been out of work for three years and had major financial problems.