Man had ecstasy and cocaine in his socks

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A Castletown man who hid cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis in his socks has been put on probation and ordered to perform community service.

Luke Aaron Brown, of The Crofts, was sentenced to a Combination Order of 80 hours’ community service and 12 months’ probation.

The 20-year-old was also ordered to pay prosecution and medical costs of £210.93.

We previously reported how, on December 17, Brown, who was then living in Port St Mary, was a passenger in a Ford Fiesta stopped by police due to have a defective headlight.

Police reported smelling cannabis in the car and Brown was subsequently searched.

Hidden in his socks were: 57 ecstasy tablets said to be worth between £570 and £855; cocaine worth between £80 and £112; ecstasy in powder form worth £25; and cannabis worth £13.23. Also found in a bag were scales and a grinder.

He was arrested and identified the drugs himself saying: ’That’s coke, that’s pollen, that’s MDMA,’ and that they were for personal use.

After pleading guilty to four counts of possession of drugs the case was adjourned pending the preparation of a probation report before sentencing.

At the sentencing in magistrates’ court, advocate Jim Travers, who was defending Brown, said: ’This is his very first conviction and first appearance before a court. He is a young man who has reached something of a crossroads this afternoon. Three of the four drugs were relatively low quantity. The ecstasy is the greatest cause for concern.’

Mr Travers said that Brown had purchased the drug in bulk because he wanted it to last over the Christmas and New Year period but was now seeing Motiv8, the alcohol and drug advisory service.

’Despite moves during his childhood he settled on the island and attained nine GCSEs. He worked in a local bank in his late teens but he was experimenting with drugs,’ said the advocate. ’He puts part of the blame for leaving the bank on his drug use.’

Magistrates’ chair Julian Ashcroft said: ’It’s clear you require the help and supervision probation can provide.’