Drug Dealer Arrested After Accidentally Sending Price List Of Drugs To Police
Martynas Benosenko, 22, from Leeds, was caught with more £3,000 ($3,900) worth of cocaine and MDMA while at Leeds Festival in August 2018.
He was also found with 'business cards' printed with the slogan 'Flavour Town LS6', according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Prosecutor Jessica Randall said Benosenko was arrested at the festival when security spotted him smoking weed and 'acting suspiciously'.
In the process, his bag was searched and 28 individual bags of cocaine and 67 MDMA tablets were found inside. He also had a small amount of cannabis. The court heard the drugs had a street value of around £3,600 ($4,700).
Benosenko pleaded guilty to two offences: possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and possession of cannabis.
In mitigation, lawyer Christopher Dunn said Benosenko had a job as a chef in TGI Fridays but had lost his job shortly before the festival.
He said Benosenko - who is a Lithuanian national - had 'no idea' how serious the offences were in the UK.
Dunn told the court: "He decided to go sell drugs at Leeds Festival while completely high.
"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.
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"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."
Recorder Joanna Kidd sentenced Benosenko to three years and four months in jail.
She said: "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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