Dealer caught selling drugs in loo of OMG nightclub
A DEALER has been locked up for two years for trying to sell class A drugs in the toilets of a Bristol nightclub.
Prosecuting at Bristol Crown Court yesterday, Anjali Gohil said that on March 9 a door supervisor at OMG in Frogmore Street went into the toilets and saw Daniel Bennett holding a "snap-seal" plastic bag.
He heard the 19-year-old say to another man in the toilets: "It's good quality stuff. Do you want to buy it or not?"
Two door staff restrained him until the police arrived and when he was searched, a yellow capsule was recovered containing five bags of ecstasy (MDMA), weighing a little over 1g.
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Another 0.42g of the drug was found on him and the total street value of the drugs was about £50.
Bennett, of no fixed abode, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.
Ms Gohil told the court he had previous convictions for possessing cannabis and possessing cocaine.
Mitigating, Sam Jones said his client had had a very difficult childhood and had spent much of his teenage years in squats or homeless.
Of the latest crime, Mr Jones said: "He now knows how serious the offence was, but he didn't know it at the time.
"He has been convicted of drug possession before but the longest sentence he's ever had is six weeks."
Mr Jones said in recent months Bennett had started a relationship and "has taken real steps to turn his life around".
Judge Michael Roach took into account the 19-year-old's early guilty plea, his personal circumstances and a hand-written letter from Bennett before sentencing him to two years in a Young Offenders' Institution.
As Bennett stood in the dock, in tears, Judge Roach told him: "You were silly to get yourself involved in dealing at nightclubs at night."
He had already served 109 days in custody, which will be deducted.