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Dundee man dropped cocaine at police officers' feet

A Dundee man who dropped a bag of cocaine at the feet of police officers who had stopped his car has been fined £765 and given a 12-month driving ban.

Perth Sheriff Court heard that Raymond Buick was under the influence of drink or drugs when he was stopped on Milne Street, Perth, n September last year.

The 40-year-old admitted having the cocaine.

He also admitted driving a Volkswagen Golf while he was unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

'Off-the-rails'

Fiscal depute Rebecca Kynaston told the court: "Officers following the vehicle noted he had a space saver wheel on and decided to pull him over for a routine inspection.

"They spoke to the driver and there was a strong smell of alcohol from him. He provided a positive roadside breath test.

"When they were speaking to the accused he appeared to drop his wallet and a quantity of cocaine dropped out of his wallet."

Solicitor Larry Flynn, defending, said his client had taken separation from his wife badly and had gone "slightly off-the-rails" at the time.

He added: "He [Raymond Buick] works in the oil industry in Qatar and holds down a job as a well service supervisor. It involves driving and he appreciates he will be disqualified. He will need to make arrangements and it will cause him some inconvenience."

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