Drug user who agreed to stash ecstasy tablets jailed

PUBLISHED: 12:57 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:57 27 May 2016

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A drug user has been jailed after he agreed to stash almost 1,000 ecstasy tablets for a dealer.

Alex Amos was found with the drugs at his mother’s home after being picked out in the street by a police drug sniffer dog in the centre of Newton Abbot.

He gave officers his old address in Exmouth but when they checked it out they found he had not lived there for some time and moved on to search his mother’s home.

Amos had just got back from travelling in Thailand and agreed to store the drugs, which were worth up to £10,000, for a fee of £350, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Amos, aged 25, of Broadlands Avenue, Newton Abbot, and formerly of Victoria Road, Exmouth, admitted possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and possession of cannabis and was jailed for 30 months by Recorder Mr John Williams.

He told him: “You were holding these drugs for another for some days in return for £350. I hope you take the opportunity to put your life to rights when you are released.”

Mr Nigel Wraith, prosecuting, said police were using a passive drugs dog in the middle of Newton Abbot on January 11 this year when it identified Amos, who was found with a bag of cannabis worth £77 and a large amount of cash.

He said: “Amos gave an address in Exmouth but officers who went there were told he had not been there for some time and it was discovered he was in fact living with his mother in Newton Abbot.

“A search uncovered a significant amount of pink tablets which were checked by police. There were 997 tablets of MDMA. He told police he was skint after getting back from Thailand and when he was offered £350 store them he thought ‘why not?’.”

Miss Bathsheba Cassel, defending, said Amos turned to drugs after a series of family tragedies and at the time of these offences was ‘in a dark place’. He fears his father may die while he is serving his sentence.

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