Dad, 26, faces jail term for Ecstasy deal plan
A FATHER of two who was planning to deal Ecstasy to his friends for profit has been told he faces an inevitable jail term.
At Exeter Crown Court, Judge Philip Wassall told Jason Hancock, 26: "It is certain that you are going to prison and, in view of that stark warning, I am withdrawing your bail so you will start the sentence from today."
Hancock had admitted he had 1,173 tablets of what he thought was Ecstasy but on analysis the pills turned out to be a concoction of chemical substances. The court heard he was going to sell them to friends at £1 a time.
Hancock of St Peters Close, Torquay, pleaded guilty to attempting to possess Ecstasy tablets with intent to supply. He also admitted possessing small amounts of amphetamine and ketamine.
The defendant was in his van when it was stop checked by police at the Aller layby near Newton Abbot in March this year. Officers and a police dog searched the vehicle and 50 of the pseudo Ecstasy tablets were found. That led to a search of his home where the rest of the drugs were discovered.
His solicitor, Kevin Hopper, asked the court to adjourn for the preparation of a pre-sentence report which would address the length of any prison sentence.
He also asked that Hancock's bail be allowed to continue, saying he was the father of two young children and would use the time to sort out his affairs before going to jail. Rejecting bail, Judge Wassall told Hancock: "You have admitted attempting to possess Ecstasy with intent to supply. You were going to sell the tablets to friends but it appears that drug dealers always have a lot of friends."
The judge adjourned the case for a week and Hancock will be sentenced next Wednesday.
thursday, September 24, 2009, 09:08