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Man fined after being caught with drugs at We Are Fstvl in Upminster

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 September 2018

Barkingside Magistrates Court.

Barkingside Magistrates Court.

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A 22-year-old has been ordered to pay the courts £300 after he was caught with MDMA pills and Ketamine at WE ARE FSTVL in Upminster.

Kai Beckford of Tash Place, Enfield was caught by police at the festival on Sunday, May 27 with 23 tablets of MDMA and less than a gram of Ketamine (756 milligrams).

Barkingside Magistrates Court heard today (Tuesday, September 11) that the drugs had been for Beckford’s own recreational use and that his reason for carrying that amount was because he was staying at the festival for the rest of the weekend.

The festival was to finish the following day.

Beckford – who had been working for an agency driving vehicles and working in a warehouse - pleaded guilty to carrying both class A and B drugs and was fined £315.

The street value of the drugs he was carrying was said to be £265.60 when he was detained by officers.

He had a previous conviction in 2017 of being caught with class B drugs and was fined £85 then.

At first only the sealed bag of pills were found on Beckford, but when he was in the back of a police van on his way to an East London station officers found two more hidden wraps of Ketamine.

He admitted that he purchased the drugs from an unknown man at the festival.

Speaking in court, his defence, Zoe Hosking said that the agency work Beckford had been carrying out was sporadic and a means form submitted to the court had shown that last month he had earned just £200.

She said that Beckford admitted that he doesn’t have to have drugs to enjoy the festival atmosphere.

Chairman Alan Russell said that Beckford “had a bit of a track record with drugs” and ordered him to pay a fine of £120 for possession of the class A drugs, £80 for the class B drugs, and £115 costs to the court.

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