Exmouth: 'foolish' teenager dealt drugs on Facebook

PUBLISHED: 15:39 24 October 2016

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

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Exmouth teenager Jack Cheverst was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence after he was caught selling cannabis and ecstasy on his Facebook page.

An ‘unbelievably foolish’ teenager from Exmouth was caught trying to sell cannabis and ecstasy after he offered them openly to his friends on Facebook.

Trainee plumber Jack Cheverst started selling small amounts of ecstasy through the social media site to a small group of people who were in contact with him through Facebook.

Cheverst made no attempt to hide what he was doing, which was on his own Facebook account and on his own mobile phone, Exeter Crown Court was told.

He was spared an immediate jail sentence after a judge was told he was only 17, hugely naive, and the way he sold drugs would have made a real dealer laugh.

Cheverst, now aged 18, of Clarence Road, Exmouth, admitted offering to supply class A and B drugs and was jailed for nine months, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid community work by Judge Graham Cottle.

He told him: “What you engaged in was unbelievably foolish, something I expect you understand now. It is a serious matter to deal in class A and B drugs to other like minded people of your age.

“It was not very sophisticated and you fully publicised what you were doing on social media. It was all there for anyone to see and it was as inevitable as the dawn of tomorrow, you would be apprehended.”

He said he was suspending the sentence because Cheverst was a decent young man who was only 17 at the time and has worked continuously since he left school.

Mr Richard Posner, prosecuting, said: “The Facebook messages suggest a degree of immaturity and bravado. It was motivated by money and he was offering to sell drugs to other children of his age or who were two to three years younger.”

Miss Julia Brassington, defending, said Cheverst was buying cannabis on behalf of others but making a small profit from selling ecstasy, which he used to pay for his own cannabis use.

She said he has now overcome his addiction and is living at home with his mother while working for his father fitting stair lifts and training to become a plumber. He also plays football and organised a charity match to raise money for the funeral of a friend who died.

Miss Brassington said: “He made no attempt to conceal the evidence and never deleted the Facebook messages. He was completely unsophisticated. He was dealing on his own Facebook account and his own mobile phone.

“Real drug dealers, who are far more aware of the offence, would laugh at anyone using their own Facebook account so blatantly. It demonstrated immaturity, naivety and lack of understanding of how serious this offence was.”

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