Exmouth: drug dealer admits possession of ecstasy tablets

PUBLISHED: 13:57 30 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:57 30 June 2017

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Stephen Collins, from Exmouth, admitted throwing a bag containing 50 ecstasy tablets over a hedge but police saw what he was doing and recovered them. They all carried an Ace of Spades logo which corresponded to messages on Collins' phone.

A drug dealer from Exmouth was caught with £500 worth of ecstasy tablets after a member of the public reported him to police for driving erratically on roads in East Devon.

Stephen Collins threw a bag containing 50 tablets of the drug over a hedge but police saw what he was doing and recovered them.

They all carried an Ace of Spades logo which corresponded to messages on Collins’ phone which showed him buying the drugs wholesale and retailing them to a group of at least eight customers.

Collins, aged 23, of Featherstone Road, Exmouth, admitted possession of ecstasy, also known as MDMA with intent to supply.

Exeter Crown Court heard Collins is a former BMX rider who suffered serious leg and arm injuries in riding accidents and was bullied into dealing because ran into debt when he was unable to work.

The debt was sold to a drug dealer and Collins, his partner, and her three children were threatened with violence in Facebook messages before he became involved in trafficking.

Judge David Evans adjourned the case to allow the defence time to enter a written basis of plea and produce evidence of the threats.

Mr Gordon Richings, prosecuting, said a member of the public reported a silver Peugeot driving erratically towards Exmouth on November 16 last year and police followed the car to Collins’ home.

Mr Richings said: “The defendant got out of his car and as he walked up his drive was seen to drop something over the garden wall. This was retrieved and found to be a plastic bag containing a number of yellow tablets.

“They were yellow and had an Ace of Spades mark on them. They were MDMA and there was a small quantity of powder. The total street value was estimated at £500.

“A mobile phone was seized and there was considerable evidence of drug dealing, some of which mention Ace of Spades pills.

“There were 976 pages of mobile phone downloads but only a fraction were analysed.”

Mr Richings said there were also texts offering ketamine, also known as Wonk, to eight people.

Miss Kelly Scrivener, defending, said Collins only became involved in drug dealing because of threats to himself and his partner, their child, and two stepchildren.

Collins had been a very keen BMX racer but had suffered serious injuries while competing at the sport. It led to him needing a series of operations on his arms and legs which disrupted his working life.

Miss Scrivener said he borrowed £200 from a friend at one stage when his benefits were delayed but the friend was pressurised into selling it to a drug dealer.

She said the dealer then used threats to force Collins into becoming a courier and then selling drugs, although by the time of his arrest he was doing so on his own behalf.

She said Collins has been attacked since his arrest and GP records show he was treated for facial injuries. He had also reported threats to the police.

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