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A CARPENTER from Shirley has been ordered to pay £230 after he admitted being in possession of cocaine.

Paul McHugh, of Falstaff Road, had been driving a Seat Ibiza in Shirley, on November 7, when he was stopped by police.

Paul McHugh, of Falstaff Road, had been driving a Seat Ibiza in Shirley, on November 7, when he was stopped by police. Officers noticed the smell of cannabis and decided to search the car and its 24-year-old driver, when a small white wrap of cocaine dropped onto the floor, Solihull Magistrates Court heard.

Despite McHugh’s attempt to cover the drugs with his foot, police spotted the substance and he was arrested.

But the defendant, who tested positive for cocaine on arrest, denied he had a problem claiming he simply used the Class A drug recreationally on weekends. “It’s not an addictive drug to me,” he added. “I don’t need help to get off it.”

He was handed a £125 fine plus court costs.

 

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