Man fined after being caught with cocaine at Stansted Airport

PUBLISHED: 09:32 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:32 09 November 2018

Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

Chelmsford Magistrates Court.

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A man has pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine after security at Stansted Airport found nearly seven grams of the Class A drug in his pocket.

Peter White, 38, of The Maltings, in Sawbridgeworth, was going through security at the airport at 6.30am on July 11 when officers found a bag a white powder in his pocket.

The court heard that White confirmed to security that it was cocaine and he co-operated with police officers when they were called.

Appearing at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, on November 6, White said: “It was a legitimate mistake – I had been out the night before and left it in my pocket. I realised it was there and straight away told security and police and apologised for the oversight. I didn’t mean to do it, but it shouldn’t have been there anyway and it was a mistake.”

White told the court that he was a chef by trade and was currently undertaking work experience at a fish market to gain the skills and experience to open his own business, which he hopes to do by the end of this month.

Magistrates gave White “full credit” for his guilty plea and co-operation with the police.

He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £115 towards prosecution costs and a victim surcharge.

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