A young French woman living in Monaco was caught red-handed on the evening of Wednesday, May 24, sniffing cocaine in the toilets of the Hotel Meridien Beach Plaza.
The police had arrived on the scene after following a young man who was known for selling narcotics.
The defendant was found with two empty packets of cocaine and later told police that she had paid €80 to a stranger for the drug at Port Hercule. Asked where the money had come from, she told the court that she did little jobs and worked as a waitress.
For the prosecution, Hervé Poinot argued that the defendant had evidently taken the drug to party, and added that a criminal record would hurt her chances of employment in the Principality. He called for a three-month prison sentence, suspended.
Her defence counsel said that his client was suffering because of the divorce of her parents and called on the court to show clemency.
She was sentenced to eight days in jail, without suspension.