A once-promising young sportsman who was forced to change career track due to injury was caught by police with cocaine hidden in his underpants, a court heard.
Tomas Wells, aged 22, was arrested when his friend’s car was searched by police officers who discovered a white powder in the vehicle.
Susan Evans, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court that Wells was arrested and searched.
He had five bags of cocaine – with a street value of £190 – hidden in his underpants.
Miss Evans said Wells told police he worked in Manchester and had been selling drugs for several months.
Wells, of Daniel’s Drive, Aughton, Rotherham, admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Digby Johnson, defending, said: “He is part of a group of friends who live in the Rotherham area.
“He works in Manchester but tends to socialise in Rotherham on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the group as a whole are recreational drug users.
“On Friday and Saturday nights they will sometimes go out together and sometimes use cocaine. He’s not addicted to it. Members of the group bring drugs to the table when they have them and he would share them, not giving them away but selling them within the group.”
The court heard Wells was a promising golfer in his teens and had won a scholarship to a university in the United States.
He also played rugby for Yorkshire.
But he suffered knee injuries which left his career dreams in tatters.
Wells, who works for a logistics firm at Manchester Airport, was given a 15-month jail term suspended for two years.
Recorder Anthony Kelbrick told Wells he must do 200 hours of unpaid work, and banned him from entering licensed premises for six months.