Falkirk court hears student drug dealer's agony over ecstasy arrest

A telecommunications student who is paying for his own education was caught dealing over £1600 of ecstasy.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 4:35 pm

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday, Leon Chiwara (20) admitted being concerned in the supply of the class A drug in Main Street, Linlithgow on May 30, 2019.

Procurator fiscal depute Amy Sneddon said: “It was 7.15pm and police officers were travelling in an unmarked police vehicle when they saw a black Corsa in front of them which they could smell cannabis coming from.

"The vehicle was pulled over and the accused was detained under the misuse of drugs act. A search of the vehicle was carried out which recovered a wash bag containing scales.

Chiwara appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday to answer for his drug dealing

“There were also self seal bags on the floor behind the driver’s seat which contained a crystal substance and a white powder.”

Both of the substances were later tested and found to be MDMA, also known as ecstasy, worth a total street value of £1600.

Gordon Addison, defence solicitor, stated in years gone by Chiwara would have found himself going to prison for a long time, but added “MDMA is very last year”.

Mr Addison said Chiwara, who worked nights at Lidl, was studying for a degree in telecommunications and international relations.

"I don’t expect we will see him again,” he said. “This lad has learned his lesson.”

Sheriff Derek Livingston said: “You were selling class A drugs. My initial thought was a prison sentence, but you appear to have a good future in front of you and no previous convictions.”

Chiwara, 44 Curlew Brae, Livingston, was fined £1200 to be paid back at a rate of £150 per month.