When Nicola Austen’s daughter turned 18 in February, the 37-year-old decided they should celebrate in high style.
So, Austen (pictured above) purchased 12 bags of cocaine weighing a total of 8.65 grams, according to prosecutors at Maidstone Crown Court in England.
Austen was sentenced earlier this week to a nine-month suspended sentence and 250 hours of unpaid work, South West News Service reports.
Prosecutor Craig Evans said Austen and her daughter planned to celebrate the girl’s 18th birthday in London.
“They were going to London in a limousine and she wanted to make sure they had a good time,” Evans told the court.
But mother and daughter missed out on the London high life. On Jan. 31, police stopped by to talk with Austen, who had six previous convictions, one for possessing amphetamine in 2010.
After a police dog at the house sniffed out the cocaine, Austen admitted to officers that she got it for her daughter’s birthday celebration, according to the Telegraph.
Despite the previous convictions, the judge decided not to send Austen to jail because she has a young son who would suffer if she were incarcerated.