A talented apprentice engineer’s career has been left in ruins after he was caught with 150 ecstasy tablets in his tent at Leeds Festival.
Thomas Hough, 20, was sent to a young offenders institution for two-and-a-half years after a court heard how he admitted to police he had the class A drugs to sell to friends at the Bramham Park event, near Leeds, in August last year.
Leeds Crown Court heard Hough had a promising career in front of him as an engineer, came from a hard-working, law abiding family and was unlikely to ever be in trouble with the courts again.
But Hough was told the offence was so serious only an immediate custodial sentence could be imposed.
The court heard security staff spotted Hough in his tent at the festival with the bag of 150 tablets.
The organisers of the festival had beefed up security over fears that drug dealing and other crime was on the increase at the event.
Hough was also found in possession of a smaller amounts of other drugs. Cannabis was found during a search of his car. A mobile phone in his possession also contained text messages relating to the supply of drugs.
Hough, of Brambling Court, Stockton-on-Tees, pleaded guilty to possession of MDMA with intent to supply and possessing MDMA, cocaine, cannabis and methoxetamine.
Stephen Smithson, prosecuting, said: “He is under no illusions about this case. He feels genuine shame, not self pity.
“He knows that he has let not only himself down but his parents and his sister.
“He is a foolish young man who - for reasons which now must befuddle him and which beggars belief - became involved in the social supply of drugs.”
Mr Smithson also handed the court character references from his employer and urged Recorder Peter Babb to consider suspending a custodial sentence. Recorder Peter Babb said: “You are a bright young man and a young man who for reasons best known to yourself has got involved with drugs.
“It is an horrendous situation to be involved in the supply of drugs.
“People become addicted to those drugs and that leads to severe problems for them, for their families, for their friends and for other members of the community. It also enables people who are at the head of the supply chain to make vast quantities of money.”