This article originally appeared on VICE UK
A court heard yesterday that a woman from Kent, England named Nicola Austen bought 12 bags of cocaine to ensure her daughter "had a good time" on her 18th birthday last January. Along with the coke, Austen also ordered a limo for her daughter, just to make sure her 18th birthday wasn't all shitty, like mine was, when I got a weird bulky TV from Tesco as my main present and an odd family party where I wasn't allowed to get drunk and we all ate vegetarian lasagna. That, versus getting extremely geared up in the back of a limo? I will take the limo cocaine and the arrested mom, thanks.
That said, the police were having none of it, and raided her home in Tunbridge Wells, finding drugs worth £300 [$460] hidden in compartments in Austen's windowsill. Austen—who has six previous convictions, including possession—admitted to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, and confessed that she was planning to have a massive night out with her daughter.
Prosecutor Craig Evans told the court: "They were going to London in a limousine and she [Austen] wanted to ensure they had a good time." Speaking from her home on Monday, Austen told the Daily Mail: "It's all been blown out of proportion. I've had enough. It isn't exactly the scoop of the century, is it? It was a party."
Current street prices for cocaine seem to indicate that Austen's gear was of decent, if not fantastic, quality. Maybe it's best to save the really good chang for your daughter's 21st?
Anyway, she was given a nine-month suspended sentence and 250 hours of unpaid work. The moral of this story is: don't buy your daughter cocaine for her birthday, but if you must, make sure to hide it somewhere better than in a windowsill.
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