MCat dealer caught by pub door staff

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A drug-dealer was caught in a Chesterfield pub with four bags of MCat powder.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Calvin Taunton, 21, of St James’ Close, Chesterfield, had bought the bags to sell on before he was detained by door staff at Yates’ Bar, in the town centre, and was arrested.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said: “Police were called by door staff at Yates’ Bar who reported they had detained Taunton with four bags of white powder in his pocket.

“He was arrested and interviewed. He said he had been at a friend’s house and bought the four bags for £20 and each bag weighed about a gramme and his intention was to sell them to anyone who approached him at £10 a bag so he could double his money and make a profit.”

Taunton pleaded guilty to possessing 3.72grammes of Fluoromethcathinone, or MCat, a class B controlled drug, with intent to supply it to another in contravention of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Defence solicitor Bob Bashforth said: “There is a large element of naivety in this case. He was acting in a way in the pub that drew attention to himself from the security staff.

“He admits buying the drugs from a friend for £20 and intending to sell it for £10 a deal to double his money.

“But he is a one-man band who bought the drugs from a friend and was dealing in a very small manner with very small quantities.”

Magistrates committed the case to Derby Crown Court for August 9 for sentencing. Taunton was released on unconditional bail.