Ecstasy dealer jailed for 27 months - St Albans

11/10/2013

A former Watford Grammar School pupil was jailed for 27 months today, Friday , 11 October 2013, after being caught with 15 ecstasy deals in the town's Oceana nightclub.

Matthew Nicholas, 23, was seen by a member of security coming out of a toilet cubicle and blatantly offering to sell the Class A drug, St Albans Crown Court heard.

The police were called and 15 tablets were recovered, weighing just over 12 grams. They had a street value of between £150 and £300, said Margaret Mascherenas, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Nicholas, of Bushey Mill Lane, Watford, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class drug with intent on 26 May this year.

He confessed to dealing drugs for 6 months prior to his arrest, saying he was doing it to fund his Ketamine habit.

David Smithet, defending, said: "He has been candid about his drug use and has voluntarily attended a counselling programme. He knows what the issue is and he is trying to do something about it."

He said Nicholas, who had studied a film and TV course at Amersham College, was of previous good character and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. His partner was expecting their child in the next few days and he has obtained catering work with the aim of getting a full time job.

Judge Andrew Bright QC told Nicolas: "It is tragic that a young man with your background and potential finds himself in court on such a serious charge.

"The time has come for the courts to make it plain that those who deal drugs in night clubs to other young people know they will be sentenced severely.

"You were blatant in the way you behaved and the court has no alternative but to send out a message."

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