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Driver is banned for second time in two years for drug driving

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A Wisbech driver has been banned for his second drug-driving offence in two years.

Daniel Smith, 27, was disqualified for 36 months on Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of drug-driving and possession of the class A drug cocaine, all on April 7, 2021.

Driver banned for second drug driving offence in two years. Photo: Stock image.
Driver banned for second drug driving offence in two years. Photo: Stock image.

Smith was pulled over by police in Campbells Meadow, King’s Lynn, when checks showed the Audi’s road tax had expired.

While speaking to him, officers could smell cannabis and saw white powder in the centre console, prosecutor Pretty Barber told Lynn Magistrates’ Court.

A roadside drug wipe proved positive and he was arrested. In custody he gave readings of 142 micrograms of a cocaine breakdown product per litre of blood in his system (legal limit 50) and 2.5 micrograms of a cannabis metabolite (legal limit two).

Police valued the cocaine seized as worth about £50.

The court was told that Smith, of Kirkham Lane, had been banned for 12 months in 2019 for drug- driving.

Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said the powder contained benzocaine which her client had used to relieve tooth pain but he accepted there was a trace of cocaine present.

“Bearing in mind the drug-driving offence he has admitted to, he can’t deny there was a presence of cocaine,” she added. “That amount of white, loose powder in the centre console had all sorts of dust and debris in it.”

As well as the disqualification, Smith was fined £200 and ordered to pay £34 victim surcharge.

For the drug possession matter he was fined £50.

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