Man jailed for stealing ecstasy and selling them online at knockdown prices

Stephen Hartley at Dundee Sheriff Court
Stephen Hartley at Dundee Sheriff Court

A man who stole a drug dealer’s ecstasy stash then tried to sell it on social media at knockdown prices was has been jailed for two years.

Stephen Hartley nabbed 204 of the class A tablets from a “higher level” dealer in revenge for that person not helping him retrieve equipment used for growing cannabis.

He then went online and sent out a message offering to sell it on for just £2 a pill — an 80% discount on their normal street price.

Hartley was also found to have an illegal CS aerosol spray in his home when cops raided his then address in North Bank Street, Monifieth.

He later claimed to social workers preparing pre-sentencing reports he “didn’t see anything wrong” with his crimes, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.

Fiscal depute Isma Mukhtar told the court that Hartley’s home was raided by police on May 23 last year following a tip-off.

She said: “During the course of the search they recovered a mobile phone, 204 ecstasy tablets and a CS spray canister.

“He stated to police officers that the tablets recovered were his and for his own personal use.

“An interrogation of the mobile phone showed he had sent a message on May 20 to an associate stating he had 200 ‘sweeties’ — slang for ecstasy tablets — and offering to sell them for £400. He was open about the fact the tablets were within the house and indeed had indicated to officers that they would find drugs within the house.”

Hartley, 28, of Gallowden Road, Arbroath, admitted being concerned in the supply of ecstasy and possession of CS spray.

Sheriff Alastair Brown said: “I understand that you do not perceive what you did as being wrong.

“I hope you understand that it is illegal.”