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

By Kevin Nicholls
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.

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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