Dealers found sniffing drugs escape prison

Two young men caught with drugs in the toilets of Liquid nightclub in Halifax have escaped prison.

Jamie McArdle, 21, and 24 year-old Ricky Beaumont were both given community orders after police were called to the club in Commercial Street in May.

Prosecutor Richard Davies told Bradford Crown Court the pair were caught sniffing white powder in the toilets and bags containing the Class C drug ketamine were taken from both men.

McArdle, of Westfield, Hebden Bridge, told police they were both addicts and officers then searched their homes.

At McArdle’s house police found a further 13.2g of ketamine and weighing scales.

When Beaumont’s property in Queensbury was searched, police seized 112g of the drug, together with £1,000.

Mobile phones taken from the men also revealed messages suggesting they had been dealing in the drug.

Both men admitted during police interviews they had been selling the drug for a few months.

They pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing ketamine with intent to supply on the basis that they were funding their own habits rather than making a profit.

Judge Peter Benson said the two defendants had accepted supplying others.

But he told the men that he had taken account of the significant steps they both had made to address their own addiction since their arrests.

‘’You’ve both been very foolish,’’ said Judge Benson.

As part of the community sentence, Beaumont, who lives at Long Lane, Queensbury, and McArdle will have to do 250 hours of unpaid work for the community.

Judge Benson also ordered the confiscation of the £1,000 found at Beaumont’s home.