Man admits drugs offences at GosFest

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STAFF searching a man at a festival found drugs on him while he was looking after two children, a court heard.

Adam Dodds was stopped as he entered GosFest in Gosport in August last year.

Prosecutor Daniel Sawyer said Dodds was found to have round Tupperware pots with white powder in bags.

The 18-year-old told the security staff it was for personal use and left. He was later stopped again and had £170 cash on him.

Dodds, a telesales worker, was asked why he was going to take drugs when he was looking after children.

‘He said he wasn’t going to take the drugs while there,’ Mr Sawyer added.

‘He didn’t want to leave them lying around and there had been no bag searches in the past five years.’

Police had found various text messages and BlackBerry BBM phone application messages offering drugs 
and some asking Dodds to supply.

These were then put to him in interview but Dodds said he was a go-between.

In his police interview Dodds had said he was selling the drugs to pay off debts.

Mr Sayer added: ‘Nothing in any of those assorted media suggested there was any pressure or debt.

‘He began by saying this had all been personal use.’

Dodds had sent out messages to a large number of people about drugs via text messages and BBM.

The court heard he had five one-gram bags of mephedrone with a street value of £100 on him. Dodds admitted 
supplying a controlled drug, possessing with intent to supply a controlled drug, supplying a controlled drug and possessing criminal property in relation to the cash found on him.

Recorder Michael Vere-Hodge QC sentenced Dodds to nine months in custody for the first and second count, and three months each on counts three on four.

In total his prison sentence was nine months but the term was suspended for two years, meaning Dodds was not sent to jail.

Mr Vere-Hodge QC told Dodds to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, pay £100 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Bridget O’Hagan, defending, said Dodds had learnt a valuable life lesson and had got into selling drugs through the friends he kept.

She said: ‘He was with a number of people who were extremely well known by Hampshire Constabulary.

‘There was no pressure for him to be involved other than keeping up with his friends.’

She added he had got a job and was working long hours for low pay. Dodds was 17 at the time of the incident.

Dodds, of White Lion Walk, Gosport, has a previous conviction for possession of cannabis dating back to January 8 this year.

The phone and cash were ordered to be forfeited and the drugs destroyed.