Steven Ball secures acquittal at Chester Crown Court of Creamfields reveller accused of being a drug dealer. 

Steven Ball secures acquittal at Chester Crown Court of Creamfields reveller accused of being a drug dealer. 

In Rex v. J-P A R – the Defendant, then aged 24, attended the 2021 Creamfields Festival near Daresbury and was accused of attempting to possess 35 ecstasy tablets with the intention of supplying them.   The Defendant had been at the festival since Thursday and on Sunday afternoon had left the campsite to go to his friend’s car.  When he returned he was subjected to an intimate search which led to 35 wrapped tablets being produced from between his buttocks.  They were visually similar to ecstasy tablets in terms of their colour size and logos. They were to be forensically tested and found not to contain any MDMA but were, in fact, Chloroquine tablets which were used to counter malaria and were not a designated to be a controlled substance.  The Defendant told the police that he had purchased 50 tablets in a bulk deal believing them to be ecstasy on the first day of the festival on behalf of himself and another.  He denied any intention to supply to others.  The jury acquitted him in less than an hour.   Instructed by Ben Dobson of Dobson Fisher Solicitors, London

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