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INVERNESS SHERIFF COURT: Muir of Ord man who tested positive for cocaine was stopped three times by police

By Ali Morrison

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A Muir of Ord man who has a previous drink-driving conviction was stopped three times by police and twice tested positive for having consumed cocaine.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that 54-year-old Calum Findlay, of Broomhill Road, was first intercepted by police on July 27, 2021 at 12.55am in Muir of Ord.

Fiscal depute Naomi Duffy-Welsh said that officers detected a strong smell of cannabis in the car and tested the driver for drugs.

The saliva test proved positive for cocaine and a blood test later at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness gave a reading of 800mcgs of a cocaine metabolyte. The safe driving limit is 50mcgs.

The analysis also showed that Findlay had taken cocaine more recently that day which had not metabolised in his system. That reading was 11mcgs of the Class A narcotic when the safe driving limit is 2mcgs.

The court heard that Findlay was again stopped by police near Pitglassie on February 19, 2022 and tested for drugs. The reading for the cocaine metabolyte was 481mcgs.

Findlay was stopped a third time by police in Muir of Ord on July 6, 2022 because he had no insurance.

He admitted all three offences and had sentence deferred until August 18 for a background report.

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