A DRUG-DRIVER was caught behind the wheel in Hereford when he was over 12 times the cocaine limit.

Robbie Smith, 27, of Sutton Road, Cross Keys, had 643 microgrammes (mg) of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, in his blood when police stopped him on St Martins Street in Hereford.

The limit for benzoylecgonine is 50 mg.

He was driving a silver Mitsubishi in St Martins Street on September 3 last year when he was caught, said prosecutor Sue Gethin for the Crown Prosecution Service.

He admitted the offence and entered a guilty plea before Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court last month.


His guilty plea was taken into account.

Magistrates disqualified Smith from driving for 36 months and fined him £120. He also has to pay court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £85.

He also admitted driving the vehicle without a valid test certificate on the same date, and no separate penalty was given for this.