Northampton drug-driver was up to three times over cocaine and cannabis limit

Magistrates hit 26-year-old with 15-month ban and £845 court bill

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 10:41 am
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 10:42 am

Magistrates banned a Northampton man from driving for 15 months after hearing he had a cocktail of drugs in his system while behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa.

Ahmed Mardi Osman, 26, admitted three drug-driving offences while driving on Bedford Road, Northampton, on July 5 last year.

Tests showed Osman had 18UG/L of cocaine compared to the legal limit of 10µg/L in his blood and 188UG/L of Benzoylecgonine — a major metabolite of cocaine — more three times the legal limit of 150µg/L.

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Tests showed Osman had been driving with both cocaine and cannabis in his system. Library photo
Tests showed Osman had been driving with both cocaine and cannabis in his system. Library photo

Further tests showed 5.9UG/L of Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol in his blood compared to the legal limit of 2µg/L.

Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol — better known to cannabis users simply as THC — is the marijuana plant's primary component for causing psychoactive effects.

Osman, of Badger Lane, Grange Park, received three concurrent driving bans of 15 months each, plus an order to pay £845 in fines, prosecution costs and a surcharge to fund victim services.

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