Chemistry student admits illegal drug possession

Leamington Justice Centre, where Warwick Crown Court sits
Leamington Justice Centre, where Warwick Crown Court sits
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A Warwick chemistry student is expected to be jailed for “some years” after being caught with £18,000 worth of drugs including cocaine.

Calvin Chan pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to five counts of possessing various class A and class B drugs with intent to supply them.

Chan, 24, of Russell Terrace also admitted illegally importing 200 grams of cannabis and possessing two other drugs for personal use.

The court heard how he used his contacts to help a large-scale dealer expand his customer base in the area.

Nick Devine, defending, said Chan had admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply it on the basis that he was selling it for another man.

He said:“That man was a large-scale drug supplier who wanted to expand his customer base, and he didn’t feel he could refuse to enter into this arrangement.”

Chan, a third-year chemistry student at the University of Warwick, also supplied amphetamine, herbal cannabis, and the hallucinogenic drug DMT on a commercial basis.

He was found to have small quantities of the class A psychedelic drug N-bome and class B UR144, a synthetic cannabinoid, for his own use.

He pleaded not guilty to two further charges of possessing stimulant, alpha-PVP and psychedelic drug, MeO-DALT with intent to supply.

Mr Devine said Chan was not aware they were at his home and they were not his.

Prosecutor Simon Warlock pointed out that the offences Chan had admitted involved drugs worth a total of around £18,000 – and about £4,500 in cash was also seized from him.

Judge Richard Griffith-Jones adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared but said the sentence would have a starting point of “some years”. Chan was remanded in custody.