A MAN’S drug-dealing was exposed when St Patrick’s Day revellers at a club started complaining they were getting “no hit” from what they thought were Ecstasy tablets, a court heard.
Aaron Adair (23), of Fenaghy Park in Galgorm, had sold four tablets at a fiver a go and staff at a north coast nightclub then discovered he was in possession of a bag of drugs and called the police.
Details emerged at Coleraine Magistrates Court where the defendant was sentenced after previously admitting a charge of supplying the Class B drug Butylone.
A prosecutor said it was established the defendant had supplied the drug to “other revellers for cash” and Adair admitted he had received “complaints from people that there was ‘no hit’ after half an hour”.
The defendant admitted he thought he had been selling Ecstasy and added that he paid £150 at a house party for the drugs and felt he “may have been ‘done’.”
He said he had around 30 tablets and had sold four at £5 per tablet which prompted District Judge Peter King to say: “Not only is he a drug dealer, he is an unsuccessful and disappointed drug dealer”.
A defence barrister said that on the date of the offences – March 17 in 2016 – the defendant became “concerned” for those to whom he had supplied the drugs and had a “frank exchange” with staff.
The lawyer said at the time of the offences Adair had being going through a “bad patch in his life” and fell in with a “particularly bad, negative, group of peers” and then found himself using what he believed was Ecstasy and became addicted.
On a night out he had then sold on four tablets and when complaints were made about the drugs the matter was brought to the attention of door staff.
The lawyer said the defendant had a previously clear record and since the offending three and a half years ago he had stayed out of trouble and was now working as a production operative at a recycling plant and had a mortgage.
The barrister said Adair thought he was supplying a Class A drug but the drugs seized were in fact classified as Class B.
He said the defendant made full admissions and it had been a “one-off aberration” and Adair was “extremely embarrassed”.
District Judge King said the defendant made a “complete fool of himself” but noting the defendant was now a “productive member of our community” he handed down a four months prison term which he suspended for 18 months.