Ecstasy dealer conned by de-worming tablets
A DRUG dealer who believed he had bought 400 ecstasy pills only discovered they were de-worming tablets when the stash was seized by police.
Officers discovered nine bags containing the white tablets at Gary Walker's Somercotes home, along with cannabis, crack cocaine and a set of scales.
A court heard how tests on the tablets showed they were actually piperazines – a drug used to make de-worming tablets and not a controlled substance.
At Derby Crown Court the 23-year-old was sentenced to a total of three years for drug offences and one charge of burglary.
James Cleary, prosecuting, told the court that Walker had been on bail for a burglary offence, which happened in Tibshelf in June, when he was stopped by police on July 10 for driving without insurance.
A search of his car revealed three bags of cannabis, with the drugs, including the de-worming pills, and £60 cash found in his home. Anita Goodman, in mitigation, said Walker, of Warwick Road, had only become involved in drugs following a split from his girlfriend of four years.
She said: "The last 12 to 15 months have been a particularly difficult time.
"He moved out and in April 2009 received a compensation pay-out of more than £3,000 following a previous car accident. He turned to drugs for comfort in an incredibly extensive way. He began dealing with people he otherwise would not have dealt with."
She added that Walker had also lost his job as a roofer earlier this year.
Recorder Stuart Farquhar said Walker had bought the drugs believing they were ecstasy and, had this been the case, his sentence would have been much longer.
He said: "You were intending to pump that stuff through the system. The fact it was not a controlled drug was pure luck."
Walker pleaded guilty to attempting to supplying a Class A drug and supplying a Class B drug. He also admitted possessing a Class A drug in connection with the July 10 arrest, taking part in the Tibshelf burglary and possessing a Class B drug at the time of his arrest.
He was sentenced to a total of three years – two years for attempting to supply ecstasy and 12 months for the burglary.
He was also sentenced to one month for possessing cannabis and six months for supplying cannabis and possessing crack cocaine – to run concurrently.
The case comes after teenager Jamie Carter avoided jail after being caught with 78 "ecstasy" pills which turned out to be cattle-worming tablets. The 18-year-old, of Sturston Road, Ashbourne, was given 43 weeks in a young offenders' institution, suspended for two years.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 07:30