A 22-year-old drug dealer from Leeds got arrested after he accidentally texted his list of prices to a police officer.
Martynas Benosenko was caught with over $3,900 worth of MDMA and cocaine while he was at Leeds Festival.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the drug dealer was also found with ‘business cards’ printed with ‘Flavour Town LS6.’
Jessica Randall, prosecuting, said Benosenko was arrested when an officer saw him smoking weed and ‘acting suspiciously.’
Benosenko’s bag was then checked and security found 67 MDMA tablets, 28 individual bags, and some cannabis. His items had a street value of around $4,700.
The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to two offenses: possession of cannabis and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Lawyer Christopher Dunn said the drug dealer had a job as a chef but had lost it before the festival.
“He decided to go sell drugs at Leeds Festival while completely high,” Dunn said to the court. “He thought it would be a good idea, not having a clue what he was getting himself into.
“To say this was a Heath Robinson operation would be something of an understatement.
“He rocks up at the festival, takes a lot of these drugs himself, obviously turning attention to himself, and then sends his price list to the police.
“This is a man who lost his job and thought he could make a quick buck. He had no concept of the type of sentence that can flow from this offending.”
Joanna Kidd sentenced Benosenko to 3 years and 4 months in prison.
“When parents allow their children and young people to attend these festivals, it is often with a degree of trepidation.
“You set out to earn a significant amount of money and the young people at the festival are vulnerable to people like you, preying on their vulnerability and stupidity.
“There is not a single festival of this size that goes on without young people collapsing, becoming seriously ill and, in some circumstances, dying.
“The fact that you chose this venue to ply your trade is an aggravating feature.”
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