A WELSH soldier who recently returned from Afghanistan was found with three bags of cocaine stuffed into his sock in Chester city centre.
Jack Joseph Sullivan, 19, of Hall Lane, Connah’s Quay, appeared at Chester and Ellesmere Port Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with possession of a Class A drug.
Prosecuting, Rob Youds told the court how Sullivan had been socialising with two fellow members of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers on May 6, after returning from active service in Afghanistan two days earlier.
A special constable was informed by door staff from Lakota Bar, St Werburgh Street, that the group had been refused entry after failing to consent to a random drug search.
Shortly after 11.40pm, the three men where approached by the constable who began to explain why he’d stopped them, but Sullivan fled the scene.
Sullivan was caught up with about 30 minutes later, when he was searched and three small plastic bags containing a white powder were found stuffed into his sock.
Mr Youds said: “Following his arrest the defendant admitted being given the bags in the toilets of Revolution Bar. He said he didn’t know what he intended doing with them but admitted that he knew they probably contained drugs.”
Defending, Richard Thomas said Sullivan had gone out with his friends to celebrate ‘their safe return’.
Mr Thomas said: “In the course of that evening someone offered him the three bags of white powder and in a moment of bad judgment, he took them.
“It’s unlikely he would have taken the drugs as he’s subjected to random drug testing from the Army.
“He’d recently completed an excellent tour of duty and served his country in an admirable manner.
“He’s made a poor error of judgment, maybe we can all understand that considering where he’d just been in the previous months and the things he’s seen.”
Ordering Sullivan to pay a fine of £350, a victim surcharge of £15 and court costs of £85, the magistrate said: “You’ve got a good career ahead of you Mr Sullivan, don’t ruin it.”