A construction worker in Derby had 132 ecstasy tablets hidden behind his TV

A Derby yard worker was caught with more than 130 ecstasy tablets in his room. Derby Crown Court how police found them in a bag behind a TV when they searched Farran Burton’s home.

The 25-year-old, from Breadsall Hilltop, told officers he was “the gatekeeper” to the drugs, which the prosecution accepted as, what is called, their basis for plea. Sentencing him to 18 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, Judge Jonathan Bennett said: “It seems like since this happened you may have turned a corner, I hope. I gives you this opportunity.

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“But let me tell you, if you miss this opportunity, you will come back before me and I will activate it (the reprieve).”

Prosecuting Eunice Opare-Addo said police executed a warrant at Burton’s address on June 9 last year.

She said: “They searched his room and behind a television in that room was a bag containing 132 MDMA tablets with a market value of between £260 and £660.

“He was arrested, interrogated and answered ‘without comment’ to the questions put to him.

“He was previously convicted in October 2103 of possession with intent to supply cannabis for which he received a (juvenile) discharge order.”

Burton, of Stratford Road, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

Mitigating Katrina Wilson said her client works in an agency on a building site, earns £17 an hour and lives at home with her mother.

As part of the suspended sentence, Burton was ordered to perform 150 hours of unpaid work and attend 15 rehabilitation sessions with the probation service.

Judge Bennett also ordered him to pay £770 in costs and a victim fine surcharge of £156 to £120 per month.

Alice F. Ponder