77-year-old widows lift giving powder turns out to be PS1,300 worth cocaine

September 18th, 2008 - 6:25 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sept 18 (ANI): Police has caught an elderly widow in possession of 1,300 pounds of cocaine, who said that she planned to take the drug to give her a lift.

Betty Lily Nicholls, 77, was arrested after police was informed that drugs were being transported in the car she was travelling in.

Exeter court was told that when police stopped Nicholls Ford Focus car on the M5 last November, she and the driver appeared very nervous and avoided eye contact.

After searching Nicholls handbag, police spotted compressed white powder, but she denied knowing anything about the nature of the powder.

I dont know what it is. I thought it was puff, The Daily Express quoted Nicholls, as telling police.

The 27.4 grams of powder was found to be cocaine with a street value of 1,370 pounds.

While Nicholls admitted possessing a Class A drug, she did not reveal where she had obtained the drug.

She represented herself in the court because she could not get legal aid.

I am sorry. It will never happen again. It was in my bag. I dont know what it was. I was done for possession, it was mine, I knew it was there. I did not know the value, she said.

She added: I was told it will give you quite a lift. I was ill, I was really not very well. I had pneumonia. I am sorry, I just did not think.

Nicholls, who lives on a State and widows pension was remanded on bail for reports. However, no action was taken against the driver. (ANI)

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