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Scout leader locked up for selling Ecstasy at T in the Park

A Scout leader has been locked up for selling Ecstasy tablets at this year's T in the Park event in Balado.

Ross Jones, 19, was caught selling the drug to other festival-goers and was found to have 28 of the tablets worth nearly £300 when searched.

Perth Sheriff Court was told Jones, from Lilybank Avenue in Glasgow, had since been banned from having further involvement with the Scouts.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis detained Jones for four months.

The university dropout was seen circling the Slam Tent at the music festival selling the Class A drug to several people on 13 July.

'Scouting activities'

Fiscal depute Stuart Richardson told the court: "Police officers were on duty in one of the tents when they observed Mr Jones speaking to a festival-goer.

"There appeared to be an exchange taking place and something was given to the festival-goer, with Mr Jones seen to receive something in return.

"He was detained and searched and in his front trouser pocket they found 27 Ecstasy tablets. Along with the other one there were 28 in total."

Solicitor James Carmichael, defending, said his client had acted on impulse after buying the tablets for £5 each and doubled his money by selling for £10.

Mr Carmichael added: "He comes from a respectable, professional family - none of whom have ever been in trouble before - and his parents are mortified by his appearance here.

"He had been a Boy Scout from the age of 16 to 18 and had become a lead Scout. Now Disclosure Scotland have written to him and said he is no longer going to be involved in any Scouting activities."

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