Barber busted at airport trying to smuggle £1k of drugs to Mallorca for Stag do
A bloke who was planning a major stag-do blowout ended up in court after being caught with dozens of MDMA pills in his luggage.
Manchester Crown Court heard how Alexander Birch also put a number of packages of cocaine and and ketamine in a pal's bag before the flight to Mallorca.
However Birch never made it to his destination, being hauled off the Manchester to Palma flight on Friday June 7 last year.
Another member of the 18-strong party was found to have two cling film wrapped packages in his hand luggage. They contained just over 17 grams of cocaine and a shade over six and a half grams of ketamine.
The passenger said they didn't belong to him and that Birch had put them there, the court was told.
Birch was escorted from the plane and accepted responsibility to police saying he had them in his pocket before placing them in the other man's bag in the departure lounge.
Drugs were also found in Birch's own luggage, reports the Manchester Evening News.
In his suitcase was a Lynx shower gel bottle and an X-Ray scan found 33 tablets inside,Verity Quaite, prosecuting said.
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These were later found to be the party drug MDMA, also known as Ecstasy.
Birch said he had bought all the drugs however the plan was to divide them amongst around 10 people in the group who would pay him the cost price for their share.
He told officers he was "concerned what he might get" if he had tried to purchase the drugs abroad Ms Quaite added.
She said prosecutors agreed with experts that this was "not a commercial enterprise" but "essentially social supply amongst friends.”
Judge Nicholas Clarke QC said trying to smuggle the drugs into another country was "outrageous behaviour" and a "significant aggravating factor" in the case.
"Spanish people deserve better than us sending drug fuelled stag parties who are sharing drugs amongst them" he said.
"Not only is it disrespectful to them it is also outside the law.
"This was a £1,000 worth of drugs you have accepted you were going to sell to your confederates.
"You essentially became an international drug smuggler for the benefit of the entire party.
"We are also in the middle of a Covid pandemic that means the situation in jail is much worse than it normally would be."
The judge said he was persuaded he could suspend Birch's 12 month jail term, for a total of 18 months.
However he imposed a six month electronically monitored curfew between the hours of 8pm and 7am.
"That is a long time" Recorder Clarke said.
"That means no parties, no socialising with your friends, no Christmas or New Year parties.
"You are going to be deprived of your liberty between those hours."
He also told Birch to "stop taking these drugs which are an expensive waste of your money."
He was also ordered to pay £425 in costs.
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