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Apprentice joiner had cocaine in system when stopped on A862 near Maryburgh, Highland court is told

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Ian Cruickshank heard details of the case.
Sheriff Ian Cruickshank heard details of the case.

Police pulled over an apprentice joiner due to the manner of his driving and tested him for drugs.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that 20-year-old Muir Munro of Balgate Mill, Kiltarlity was stopped on the A862 near Maryburgh on November 14, 2020 and had three passengers in his car.

Fiscal depute Karen Poke told Sheriff Ian Cruickshank that a drugs swab proved positive for cocaine and a later blood test revealed his reading was 261 mcgs of a metablyte of the Class A drug.

The limit for safe driving is 50mcgs.

Defence solicitor John MacColl said that his client "had a dalliance with cocaine with a friend some time before he was stopped. He has not taken it since.

"It was an error of judgment as the court will be aware that the cocaine derivative stays in the system for some time."

Munro was fined £760 and banned from driving for a year.

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