Bar boss fined over cocaine possession
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A WELL-KNOWN bar licence holder has been found guilty of possessing cocaine after magistrates rejected his ‘weak, evasive, unclear and changeable’ defence.
Cam Mu, aged 42, said he may have picked the 0.82g bag up from the men’s toilets at Dragon Kiss bar in Weston’s Regent Street, where he is a licensee.
Or, he told North Somerset Magistrates Court on October 15, it could also have been put into the pocket of a coat he kept by the bar.
The court heard how the class A drug was found after eight police officers raided Mu’s home in Brean Down Avenue on May 30, 2013 while he and his family were still in bed.
During a search, officers found a bag of cocaine in Mu’s coat pocket.
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In a statement read out in court, Mu said: “[It was] found in the toilet at Dragon Kiss gents. Put in ski jacket. Forgot. I would say it’s coke.”
Officers also found a packet containing brown powder, later confirmed as paracetamol and caffeine.
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Speaking to police on the day, Mu said he thought it could be drugs.
He said in court he may have had that bag for ‘months and months’.
Defending, Gregory Gordon said the written record of the police interview conducted at his home contained inaccuracies.
He said: “He doesn’t know how it came to be in his jacket pocket. He just tried to help the police and trying to help got him into trouble.”
But magistrates found him guilty of possession.
They said: “The court finds that you [Mu] did know the controlled drug was in your pocket and that the interview and police evidence was accurate.
“The court finds the evidence you gave from the witness box was weak, evasive, unclear and changeable.
“Your attempt to challenge the veracity of police evidence was wholly unconvincing.”
He was sentenced to pay £600 for the offence, £620 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.