UK Dark Web Ecstasy case –
A young man caught dealing ecstasy and ketamine in a Hull nightclub has been jailed. Reece Proctor, 20, was caught red-handed dealing Class A drugs in Atik nightclub in Hull on December 29 last year.
But what was discovered at his home was “a different kettle of fish” compared to what he had in his possession that night, Hull Crown Court heard.
Police went round to his home to conduct a further search of his property where they seized £6,000 worth of ecstasy and also found £7,500 worth of cash in his bedroom.
Proctor, of Swinemoor Lane, Beverley, appeared in court on Friday to be sentenced for five counts of drug offences and one count of possessing criminal property.
Judge Mark Bury told Proctor: “You pleaded guilty to a number of offences arising out of criminal behaviour on December 29 last year and for some period leading up to that.
“On December 29, you went in to Atik Nightclub with five pounds on you. You were seen dealing drugs. When you were searched you had £85 on you.
“You pleaded guilty to supplying both ecstasy and ketamine in the nightclub. You had a small amount of drugs on you when you were searched but when your home was searched it was a different kettle of fish.”
It was then that police found the large quantity of ecstasy that Proctor admitted to obtaining from the dark web. A large amount of cash was also found in his bedroom.
Judge Bury said: “When you were interviewed you admitted commercial supply. You admitted getting these drugs in quantities from the dark web and having them couriered to your home.
“You had been in the business of supplying Class A and Class B drugs for some time because there was nearly £7,500 of cash in your bedroom.”
Proctor, who committed the offences when he was 19-years-of-age, has no previous convictions on his record.
Defence barrister Dale Brook asked Judge Bury to show his client “mercy”, saying it would be “highly unlikely” Proctor would appear before the courts again.
He said: “It is a tragic case. It’s clear he has decided for his own benefit to become involved in the supply of drugs and there are going to be some pretty serious consequences for him.
“But I ask you to show mercy because he has in my submission learned his lesson. Perhaps, apart from his plea, the most important mitigating feature is his age and his lack of previous convictions.
“There is reason to believe that given his frankness with the police and his openness with probation given his obvious remorse.
“In this case this was an act of grave stupidity which is highly unlikely to be repeated.”
Judge Bury agreed that the case was a “tragedy” but jailed Proctor to a total of three years in prison to “send a clear message that this sort of offending cannot be tolerated”.
He said: “This is indeed a tragedy for you. I have read your pre-sentence report and a reference from your mother. You have had one or two knocks in your life already and that has affected your self-esteem it is clear.
“I have no doubt that you thought having the money available that you did through this illicit activity boosted your self-esteem.
“But it was boosted in an entirely illegal way and you were selling drugs in a nightclub, and other places no doubt, and had been for some time.
“You made full admissions to the police and you appear to have remorse and I accept you are unlikely to come to this court for offending such as this again.
“But, there is no alternative but to impose an immediate custodial sentence.
“You have to be punished and the message has to be spelled out that if you deal Class A drugs, particularly in places where young people are going to be in large numbers, there is only one place you will end up and that I’m afraid is custody.
“It is a tragedy for you and your family that you have got yourself involved in this and I am satisfied there will be no repetition. But I have a duty to send out a clear message that this sort of offending cannot be tolerated.”