A teenager with no previous offending history found himself on the wrong side of the law when he was caught with 80 ecstasy tablets.
Thomas Wilson, 7 Achray Drive, Falkirk, got a stern lecture from Sheriff John Mundy on the danger posed by the drug, also known by its chemical name MDMA, and was warned of the serious nature of the offence, which could have seen him doing time behind bars for his first ever offence.
Wilson, who turned 18 on Tuesday, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of the class A drug at Storm nightclub, Meadow Street, Falkirk on September 12.
Procurator fiscal depute Graham McLachlan said Wilson had been caught red handed with the tablets, which had a street value of £5 each.
The court heard Wilson and his friends showed their inexperience, when they all chipped in to pay over and above the asking price for the drug.
William McIntyre, defence solicitor, said: “His friends were also involved in this and they paid well over the going rate, around £120 each – a total of £600 for 80 tablets. He was devastated by what happened, but pled not guilty initially through sheer confusion.
“He was holding the drugs at the time the search was taking place. The whole matter has been a huge wake up call for him. He has just left school and secured himself a training course as an electrical engineer.
“He hopes to start an apprenticeship.”
Mr McIntyre added the chances of his client getting involved in anything like this again or coming before the court in the future were remote.
Ecstasy became notorious in the late 1980s and early ’90s and was linked to the dance music scene at the time.
The drug gives people an energy buzz and makes them feel hyper alert. However, it also carries unpleasant side effects and could give users panic attacks, make them paranoid or even lead to them developing psychosis.
Addressing Wilson, Sheriff Mundy said: “I hope you appreciate the danger in this drug, the problems it can cause and the problems it has caused.”
The youngster was placed on a supervised community payback order for six months with the condition he complete 120 hours of unpaid work in that time. Sheriff Mundy reminded him the community disposal was a direct alternative to custody.