Man jailed for dealing ecstasy

DEALING drugs with the hope of making just £5 in profit has resulted in an Ipswich man being jailed.Daniel Beaumont had tried to sell ecstasy tablets in a nightclub while he was drunk and high on cocaine, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

DEALING drugs with the hope of making just £5 in profit has resulted in an Ipswich man being jailed.

Daniel Beaumont had tried to sell ecstasy tablets in a nightclub while he was drunk and high on cocaine, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The 19-year-old appeared at the court for sentencing after he had admitted two counts of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply at an earlier hearing at Ipswich Magistrates Court.

Beaumont, of Greenfinch Avenue, Ipswich, had gone to Liquid nightclub on December 31 last year carrying 19 ecstasy tablets, prosecutor Michael Crimp said.


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Mr Crimp said: "He was approached by a woman who asked him if he had tablets and he said he did, he moved to one side and then came back.

"But he went to the wrong woman and she was offended and went to security staff."

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During a search, Beaumont was found to be carrying a quarter of a gram of cocaine, 15 whole ecstasy tablets and four others in broken pieces.

Mr Crimp said cocaine addict Beaumont had bought the ecstasy tablets for £35 and planned to sell the whole ones for £2 each - meaning he would make just £5 in profit.

Mitigating, Shelley Webster said Beaumont had been trying to sell the drugs in order to pay off a debt to his cocaine dealer.

She said: "It was a very unsophisticated offence.

"It was not done with the aplomb of a practised dealer, it was clumsy. His attempts to supply were inept and suggestive of little or no experience of such matters.

"He had an addiction that cost him £25 each day."

Miss Webster said Beaumont, who was now working at Felixstowe docks, had since managed to stop taking cocaine, but on the night of his arrest he had already taken three lines before going to Liquid, where he had drunk three shots of a spirit.

"Not only was he very high but he was on his way to being very drunk," she said.

Sentencing, Judge David Goodin said dealing class A drugs was so serious that custody was the only option for Beaumont.

He said: "Your crime here was a consequence of your own addiction.

"The irony of that mitigation is that you were engaged in doing what had been done to you, and the cycle would be continued."

Judge Goodin sentenced Beaumont to 18 months in a young offenders institute for possession of the ecstasy and for the cocaine possession, nine months to run concurrently.

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