Mum buys 12 wraps of cocaine for daughter's 18th birthday party
A mum bought 12 packets of cocaine as a present for her daughter’s 18th birthday to “make sure they had a good time”.
37-year-old Nicola Austen, who booked limousine ride to London on the night, was raided by police before the big day.
They found 5.65g of 87 per cent pure cocaine..
Austen admitted that the drugs were for her daughter’s birthday and pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Prosecutor Craig Evans told Maidstone Crown Court: "They were going to London in a limousine and she wanted to make sure they had a good time."
Austen had six previous convictions, one for drugs, but avoided jail when the court was told that her incarceration would have an adverse effect on a young boy in the family.
It was also noted that Austen provided respite and care for her grandmother.
Danny Moore, defending, said: “It is to her great shame she finds herself in court. She appeared to have left this sort of thing behind."
Austen, of Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK was handed a nine month suspended sentence and 250 hours community service