Birthday cocaine cost Dagenham man £215 fine

PUBLISHED: 15:19 09 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 October 2014

Louqman Ali pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine he said he bought for his birthday

Louqman Ali pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine he said he bought for his birthday

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A man startled a police officer by saying: “you don’t need to nick it, it’s mine,” after a large wrap of cocaine was found under his car.

Louqman Ali, 26, of Mayesbrook Road, Dagenham, was caught with the class A drug on September 25.

He was fined £215 after pleading guilty at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court today after a disagreement over the amount threatened to derail the case.

Officers smelt cannabis coming from a stationary vehicle so they approached the car and searched it and found the wrap underneath.

Prosecuting, Paul Nagle, said: “He told the officer he paid £40 for the drugs and thought it was MDMA.

“He said it had been his birthday last week and he wanted to celebrate.”

Representing him, Susan Bryant explained Ali has been unemployed for the last five months but is seeking work at the moment while living with his mother.

The chairman of the bench, Paul Wilson, said: “We must assume your income is £110 a week so the fine will be the same amount.

“We’ll give you full credit for the fact you’ve pleaded guilty today. With £85 court costs and a £20 service charge added on that’s £215 altogether.”

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