FOUR men found with cocaine at a Borders racecourse have been fined a total of £800 at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

The quartet were all found in possession of the class A drug following a special police operation at Kelso Races on May 26.

First up was 20-year-old fishing boat worker Marcel De Sousa of Windram Road, Chirnside, who had 3.86 grammes of cocaine valued at £150 in a Sunblest bag when he was searched.

Lawyer Colin Severin said: "He was with a group of friends on a bus and was given the drug. It would have been his first experience of it but he says he is never going to do it again."

Farm tractor driver Connor Brown, 24, formerly of Dunbar, and now living at Castle Menzies near Aberfeldy, had two grammes of white powder later confirmed as cocaine valued at £130.

He said: "It was a stupid mistake.

" I went to the races and got carried away. There is no chance it will ever happen again."

Farm worker Rory Brown, formerly of Cockburnspath and now living at Castle Menzies, Aberfeldy, was found with 1.45 grammes of cocaine valued at £100.

He also described it as a "stupid mistake."

Chef Liam Turton, 22, of Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, also said he had learned his lesson and it "wouldn't happen again."

Sheriff Colin Dunpiace said all four men would have been fined £300 each but took into account their guilty pleas and reduced the level of fine to £200 each.