Man accidentally handed over cocaine to staff in Barnstaple's Toko
A MAN who accidentally handed over his cocaine to a cloakroom attendant has been imprisoned for six weeks.
Russell Edwards, 29, was in Toko in Barnstaple on November 30 last year when he went to retrieve his coat from the cloakroom.
But along with the ticket for his coat he handed over a bag of cocaine and was subsequently detained by Toko door staff.
Edwards was arrested and made no admissions when interviewed.
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He pleaded not guilty to the offence of possession of a class A drug and a trial was set for today.
But Edwards appeared in front of North Devon Magistrates this morning having changed his plea to guilty.
The court heard he was also in breach of a suspended sentence issued for driving while disqualified on August 14 last year.
Tim Hook, for the defence, explained Edwards, who lives in Bristol but has been working in North Devon, struggled with cocaine use following the break down of his marriage two and a half years ago.
He is also the carer for his 85-year-old grandfather along with his girlfriend.
For possession of cocaine Edwards was imprisoned for two weeks to run consecutively with four weeks imprisonment for an offence committed while he was the subject of a suspended sentence.