‘I just wanted some extra money’: Manchester teen jailed after trying to sell drugs at Warehouse Project

By Annabal Bagdi

A teen who tried to ‘make some extra money’ by selling Class A drugs at last year’s Warehouse Project was behind bars yesterday.

Jack Hilton, 19, was sentenced to 30 months detention in a young offenders’ institution after previously pleading guilty to possessing £240 worth of ecstasy tablets with the intent to supply.

A sunglasses case containing 24 differently coloured pills and more than £50 in cash were found on Hilton after he was removed from the Manchester event on October 5.

Hilton, who had been working as an apprentice at the time, admitted to officers he had been selling the ecstasy tablets for £10 each ‘to make some extra money’.

At Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, defence lawyer Caroline Patrick said the teenager had ‘never been before the courts’ and a pre-sentence report showed how ‘genuine his remorse is’.

His Honour Judge Adrian Smith credited Hilton for pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity but warned of the dangers of controlled Class A drugs.

He said: “The Warehouse Project attracts people from all over the country.

“You have been there before and you have seen other people sell ecstasy tablets.

“And having seen people selling and go undetected you thought you would have a go yourself to make some money. Anyone who goes into a club like this must expect a custodial sentence.”

Image courtesy of Shaun Murphy, with thanks

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