A YOUNG man who agreed to pass some of his cocaine over a toilet partition to his friend in the next door cubicle was spotted by nightclub doormen.
David Rhys Huw Jones found himself before a crown court judge on a charge of possessing a class ‘A’ drug with intent to supply.
He was warned people on such charges were usually jailed immediately.
Such offences had a starting point of 18 months but could attract three-year sentences.
His case was aggravated by the fact that it occurred within a nightclub.
But Jones, 22, of Heol Cefnydd, Cefn Mawr, near Wrexham, received a nine-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months.
He was ordered to carry out 140 hours unpaid work and pay £600 towards the prosecution costs.
Judge Peter Heywood, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said there was no suggestion it was done for commercial gain.
“Those who deal in whatever way with class ‘A’ drugs commit serious offences,” the judge warned.
“Those who sit in the courts on a regular basis, as I do, know that nightclubs are places where drugs frequently exchange hands, normally for sale.
“They are controlled drugs and you should not be in possession of them.”
He warned that possession cocaine with intent to supply, in whatever circumstances, was a serious offence which passed the custody threshold.
Judge Heywood said he had been told that it had been a salutary lesson for Jones and he hoped that he would learn from his experience.
“I hope you use more common sense and judgement in the future,” he said.
“But it is going to be an expensive night out for you.”
Stephen Edwards, defending, said it had been brought home to his client what an extremely grave offence he faced.
He had been shaken when told that it had a starting point of 18 months in prison with a range of up to three years.
The defendant was a young man who had worked for the same employer for five years and was young enough to learn from his mistake.
He was remorseful and fearful, was a man with many positive attributes and had been taught “a very harsh lesson”.
The defendant had no previous convictions for drugs offences.
David Mainstone, prosecuting, said that in the early hours of Saturday October 26 last year, two doormen went to the toilets at the Liquid/Envy nightclub in Wrexham and saw a hand appear over a cubicle.
It contained white powder and they found the defendant inside with white powder around his mouth.
The cocaine was valued at about £10 and in interview, he said he spent £30 on the cocaine.
He was taking some in the toilet and was passing some to his friend in the cubicle next door so he could try it when he was seen by the security staff.