Man hid ecstasy and cocaine in his shoes

News from the courts

News from the courts

A 33-year-old university graduate has been jailed for three years and three months after admitting possessing ecstasy and cocaine with intent to supply.

Treadwell Eugene Sinclair Nesbitt, of Mona Drive, was caught by staff at the Outback bar in Douglas with the two drugs hidden in the soles of his shoes.

He pleaded guilty in court to two counts of possession of ecstasy with intent to supply and one of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Proecutor Rachael Braidwood told the court how, on October 17, the landlord at the Outback saw Nesbitt take off his shoe in a toilet cubicle, then take a pouch containing white powder out of his wallet.

When he came out of the cubicle he was taken to the bar’s kitchen by security staff and asked to empty his pockets. Nesbitt produced money, tobacco and a lighter. Referring to the drugs, staff then told Nesbitt: ‘If you get it out now we won’t get the police, we can flush it.’

Nesbitt then pulled out a white powder wrap containing ecstasy worth £30.50 but was told by staff: ‘Sorry we’ve already got the police.’

Police arrived and arrested Nesbitt who said: ‘This is going to ruin my life, can’t we sort this out? I think it’s MDMA, I’m not sure. I’m trying to find out what it is.’

Nesbitt went on to say that he thought the drugs may be a legal high.

A search at police headquarters found four more wraps in Nesbitt’s left shoe, containing £127 worth of cocaine, and two in his right one, containing £55 worth of ecstasy. He was also carrying £180 in cash.

An analysis of his mobile phone revealed a large number of messages relating to the sourcing and supply of drugs.

One message read: ‘Yo! How’s it going, any chance of you getting any pills?’. Other messages referred to ‘Mandy’, slang for ecstasy.

Police searched Nesbitt’s parent’s home at Ballaughton Manor Hill in Douglas and found another wrap containing £525-worth of ecstasy in a suitcase in the garage.

In court he entered a basis of plea saying that the money he had was not from selling drugs and that most of the messages on his phone were from people he did not know and who he did not intend to supply drugs to. Nesbitt said in the plea that he was using a lot of ecstasy at the time of the offence and that he would have used most of the drugs found in the garage himself.

A probation report said that Nesbitt had a good upbringing and obtained a degree in electronics at university.

Deemster Alastair Montgomerie commended staff at the Outback, and told Nesbitt: ‘You have a degree in electronics. How you have ended up here is a mystery. It shows the dangers of becoming dependent on drugs. All that one can hope is that you will at least learn from your time in custody and come out a much wiser person.’

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