Y Not Festival drugs smuggler ‘turning life around’

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This teenage drug dealer is turning his life around after being caught trying to smuggle cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine into Derbyshire’s Y Not festival.

Mehmet Gumussoy was warned in August he would be jailed for his offences if he got into any more trouble between then and now.

But six months after receiving the warning the 18-year-old has done precisely what he as asked to do as well as completing a strictly-controlled electronic curfew.

The judge that issued it when he deferred his sentence last August told Gumussoy as he had kept his side of the deal he would keep his and not send him into immediate custody.

‘Foolish and naive’

Judge Shaun Smith said: “You very foolishly and naively got yourself involved in the drugs world.

“You thought you could get some drugs into the Y Not Festival.

“I am not sure why, you were bound to be stopped.

“It was never going to succeed and perhaps that shows how naive you were.

“Six months ago I told you if you kept out of trouble I would hand you a suspended sentence and you have seized that chance.

“I am not surprised, I can’t imagine the thought of going to prison at your age.”

At the original hearing in August, the court heard how Gumussoy was 17 when he committed the offence at the Y Not Festival at Pikehall, near Matlock.

Prosecutor Sarah Allen said the defendant, of St Norbert Drive, Kirk Hallam was in the queue to get in on July 27, 2018.

She said security staff noticed the teenager acting suspiciously so sent sniffer dogs to check him.

Miss Allen said he was led away and a searched and in a man bag belonging to him was found drugs.

Cocaine and ecstasy

She said: “There were 40 wraps of cocaine of a purity between 46% and 70% which had a value of between £500 and £750.

“There were also wraps of ketamine in the bag and MDMA (ecstasy) in Mr Gumussoy’s shorts.”

Miss Allen said his mobile phone was analysed and on it were found messages going back a number of months which showed he was buying or trying to purchase larger numbers of ecstasy tablets including “a reference to purchasing 500 tablets on April 11”.

She said: “There were also requests for MDMA, ketamine, cannabis and an offer of 100 pills (ecstasy) for £350.”

Gumussoy pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply drugs.

David Outterside, mitigating in August, said his client was “ashamed and remorseful particularly about the effect it has had on his family”.

He was handed a 20-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work.

More than 20,000 people attended the Y Not festival in 2018 which was headlined by The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Jamiroquai.



 


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