Skegness OAP drug addict jailed for dealing in Mablethorpe Co-op car park

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A PENSIONER drug addict from Skegness who was caught selling amphetamine from a Mablethorpe car park has been jailed for 15 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Brian Holmes was watched by undercover police as a woman approached his vehicle in the Co-Op car park and handed over money receiving an item in return.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said the woman was later stopped and searched.

She was found in possession of a wrap of amphetamine for which she later received a police caution after telling officers she used the drug as a slimming aid.

Holmes was arrested and when his flat was searched 8.64g of amphetamine was found in the fridge.

A set of digital scales found on top of a microwave oven also contained traces of amphetamine. Text messages found on Holmes’ phone indicated he was involved in selling drugs.

Officers also discovered the meter recording his use of electricity had been bypassed with a piece of wire.

Holmes, who appeared in the dock on his 66th birthday, of Kenning House, Lincoln Road, Skegness, admitted charges of supplying drugs, possession of drugs with intent to supply and unlawfully extracting electricity on 28 October last year.

The court was told since January 2003 he has amassed 13 convictions for drugs offences.

Neil Sands, defending, described Holmes as part of “a new generation” of pensioners who have an entrenched drug habit.

“He has had a drug problem for a quarter of a century. He had effectively rendered himself unemployable and was existing on his state pension.”

Mr Sands said that since his arrest Holmes had sought help for his addiction and has recently completely stopped taking the drug.