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POLICE caught a man in possession of cocaine and heroin after watching a drug deal take place, magistrates heard.

Timothy James Evans, 43, of Pomona Place, Hereford pleaded guilty to possessing both drugs.

Sara Beddow, prosecuting at Hereford Magistrates Court on Thursday, said that on December 9 police officers received a report that a drug deal might be taking place on Old School Lane in Hereford.

They saw a drug deal take place and stopped Evans to search him.

During a search they found one wrap of cocaine valued at £20 and two wraps of heroin valued at £20.

When interviewed Evans confirmed that he had gone there to buy drugs for his own use and paid £40 for them. He wouldn't say who he had purchased the drugs from.

Marilena Di Vitantonio said that Evans had been on bail until recently due to the fact police were investigating the dealer in this matter.

"Evans has used heroin and other drugs over a number of years and has been on and off a methadone script," said Miss Di Vitantonio.

"At this time he was in a bad place which is not the case now. He has now got the relevant support groups and medication to stop this happening again."

Evans was ordered to pay a £100 fine, £100 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.