Grantham court: Shift worker caught with illegal drug in Ramada hotel room

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A shift worker from Yorkshire was caught with more than three grams of an illegal drug when staff called police to the Ramada Hotel.

Ross Blair, 35, of Sowgate Lane, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, admitted possessing 3.28 grams of Buprenorphine, a controlled class C drug, when he was staying at the hotel on October 19.

Prosecutor Marie Stace told the court that police were called to the hotel just after 9pm in relation to other matters. The receptionist said she wanted Blair to leave the hotel and pay his bill.

Officers went to his room and when they saw Blair they thought he was intoxicated because he was making no sense. They found a bag containing pills which he later said he thought was Subutex, but which turned out to be Buprenorphine, a substance which is used to treat heroin addicts.

Blair, who was not represented, said: “I asked my mate for some sleeping tablets because I was coming down here to work some dodgy shifts. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”

Magistrates gave Blair a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.