A man caught with a chocolate egg capsule packed with crack cocaine told a jury that the illegal contents were a real Kinder Surprise to him.
Sudan-born Khlaid Abdelrahan, 25, of Nettleton Road, Gloucester, claimed he had only just picked up the Kinder egg in the street and did not know what was in it.
He insisted he had expected only to find chocolate or a toy in the egg shaped capsule when he opened it.
But the Gloucester crown court jury rejected his protestations of innocence and convicted him of possessing the 14 wraps of crack cocaine with intent to supply.
During the trial the court heard the drug was worth between £290 and £413 at street value and was in the egg he had in his tracksuit trousers.
Police also found that unemployed Abdelrahan had £95 in cash on him.
He claimed he had won £110 by placing a £10 bet on Chelsea to beat Sunderland 2-1 two days earlier.
Later, a further crack cocaine wrap was found in the bedroom of his flat.
Julian Kesner, prosecuting, said it was on April 9 last year, at around 12.30pm, that officers saw Abdelrahan first walking then getting into the passenger seat of a car, in Montpellier, Gloucester, near the city’s park.
This, said Mr Kesner, was a known drug-dealing ‘hot spot’. Officers found the Kinder egg container with the crack cocaine inside when they searched him.
Detective Constable Mark Crawford told the jury that during an interview under caution, Abdelrahan had denied that he was selling the drugs, was carrying the drugs for someone else or under pressure from anyone to carry the cocaine.
No drugs paraphernalia was found at his flat and the jury was told he was a man of previous good character.
Abdelrahan told the jury it had been "bad luck" that the Kinder contained held crack cocaine.
"I did not know anything about the drugs. I saw the yellow container on the floor and put it in my pocket," he said.
He said he had been on his way to the Job Centre when he saw a friend in his car, who offered to give him a lift. Abdelrahan said he thought the container might contain chocolate or a toy and he did not look inside as he saw the police drive by and his friend within two minutes.
Abdelrahan said he knew nothing about the wrap found in his flat and thought it could have been left by a guest at one of the parties he’d held at his home.
Tim Greaves, defending, said there was no forensic evidence linking Abdelrahan to either the wraps in his flat or the Kinder egg container.
Mr Greaves said he had merely acted out of curiosity when he picked up the container.
Judge Jamie Tabor adjourned the case for the preparation of pre-sentence reports and granted Abdelrahan unconditional bail until March 12 when he will be sentenced.
Judge Tabor said he was "in great danger of being sent to prison."