A Sheffield University student’s career is in ruins after he was jailed for three years for drug dealing.
Final year history student Michael Thompson, aged 22, who planned to become a teacher, was arrested after UK Border Agency officials intercepted a package addressed to him from Holland and found it contained £600 worth of ecstasy tablets.
His student flat in Edward Street, Upperthorpe, was raided by police who seized drugs worth over £1,400, scales and a machine to load powder into capsules.
Thompson wept in the dock at Sheffield Crown Court as his family looked on from the public gallery.
He admitted possessing Class A and B drugs with intent to supply, and attempted possession of ecstasy and Class A and C drugs.
Jailing him for 37 weeks, Judge Julian Goose said: “You became involved in the regular supply of drugs to other people.
“That destroys the lives of others and those who become involved in such supply.”
“You have thrown away your future.”
Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said Thompson was a week from taking his final exams when he was arrested last May.
Police found 46 bags of ecstasy tablets valued at £465, cannabis resin worth £286 and skunk cannabis worth £80.
Small quantities of ketamine, diazepam and LSD were also found, and texts on his mobile phone showed evidence of drug-dealing.
Thompson told police he sold to about 50 friends.
Peter Hampton, defending, said his drug use had spiralled out of control after he began experimenting when a relative died.
Mr Hampton said: “His life has been devastated through his involvement in drugs, it has destroyed his future.
“He had a promising career open to him as a teacher having obtained a 2.1 degree.”
Afterwards his friend Amil Boury said he had made ‘considerable efforts’ to rehabilitate himself.