Police arrested drug user on country road

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A drug user was arrested by police on a single track, unclassified road in the early hours of the morning when they were called out to a rave at Holbeach St Matthews.

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, told magistrates that police met Joseph Khan’s VW Golf at 2.55am on August 31.

Officers stopped their car and Khan stopped his.

Mrs Wilson said police saw smoke coming out of the Golf – as the windows were down – and, as they approached, they identified the smell of cannabis.

Officers recovered a small wrap of MDMA, a class A drug also known as ecstasy or Molly, and a small bag of cannabis.

Mrs Wilson said Khan appeared intoxicated and later forensic analysis of a sample revealed Khan had traces of both drugs in his blood.

Khan (24), of Berners Street, Norwich, was banned from driving for a year and fined £125 when he pleaded guilty to driving while unfit through drugs.

He was also fined £50 for possession of MDMA and given no separate penalty for possession of cannabis, a class B drug.

Khan, who pleaded guilty to all three offences, must also pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Solicitor Andrew Nicholson, mitigating, told Boston magistrates: “He was in an area where an illegal rave was taking place. Had it not been for this rave, it’s unlikely police would have stopped him.

“He wasn’t driving erratically and although this is a public road it’s very much off the beaten track.”

Mr Nicholson said while “toxicants” were found in Khan’s blood, they were at very low levels.

He said: “There were no aggravating features in terms of the actual driving.”