A WREXHAM groundworker received a fine after an argument led police to find a bag of cocaine in his pocket.

Aaron Bielby, of Henblas Road in Rhostyllen, appeared at Wrexham Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old admitted that on January 23 he had in his possession a quantity of cocaine.

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson told the court that on the day of the offence, police were made aware of an "altercation" on Wrexham High Street.

At the scene they found Bielby having an argument with his partner and arrested him.

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When he was searched, a small clear bag of white powder - later confirmed to be cocaine - was found in his pocket.

He admitted it was his and said someone had given it to him.

Ceri Lewis, defending, told the court her client fully accepted having the substance in his possession and had cooperated with police throughout the process.

She asked magistrates to take into account his early guilty plea to the offence.

Jacqueline Jones, chair of the magistrates, made a forfeiture and destruction order in respect of the drug and handed down a fine of £400.

The defendant must also pay costs of £85 and a £40 victim surcharge.

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