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College hopeful faces jail term

PUBLISHED: 13:24 16 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

A TEENAGER who hopes to go to university, bought 30 ecstasy tablets for his own use and could now be facing a jail term.

Sam Drewry was caught with the drugs - which are also known as MDMA - by police in Colchester Road, Ipswich, in June.

A TEENAGER who hopes to go to university, bought 30 ecstasy tablets for his own use and could now be facing a jail term.

Sam Drewry was caught with the drugs – which are also known as MDMA - by police in Colchester Road, Ipswich, in June.

He said he had bought them, to take at a host of raves in the summer.

The court heard how the 18-year-old, who has 11 GCSE exam passes, aims to take a further education course before applying to university to study English and journalism.

At hearing before magistrates Drewry, of Beaconsfield Road, Ipswich, admitted possession of the Class A drug.

He also pleaded guilty to a further charge of possessing cannabis.

Magistrates decided their sentencing powers were not sufficient and instead referred Drewry to Ipswich Crown Court.

Andrea Reynolds, prosecuting, told South East Suffolk magistrates that the defendant was searched by police in relation to other matters on June 18.

Drugs were found and Drewry was taken to Ipswich police station.

On the way to the station he tried to hide the ecstasy but this was spotted by police.

Miss Reynolds added that the drugs had a street value of between £225 and £300.

Howard Catherall, defending, said: "They (the drugs) were for his personal use. He bought in bulk to save himself some money."

He continued: "This is a young man of previous good character who has lost that good character today, who has admitted making a mistake.

"He has got into what one might term as the drug scene. His intention was to go to raves during the summer and use ecstasy for his own personal use.

"Having been arrested it has shocked him fundamentally and he has not gone near drugs or the drug scene since that date."

The court heard that Drewry left school at 16 and later started work in a bar. He now intends to return to study before applying to university.

Angela Pratt, chairman of the bench, said: "We are not happy with this case. You had 30 ecstasy tablets and because of that we are not going to sentence you today."

Drewry was released on unconditional bail to appear at Ipswich Crown Court at a date to be arranged.

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