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Drugs couple jailed after university dealing
TWO young Weymouth students are starting prison sentences after they admitted dealing drugs at a university.
Aspiring artist Cara Donnison broke down in the dock as she and boyfriend Daniel Campbell were sentenced to two years in jail.
The pair, both 20, admitted dealing to other students at Salford University where former Budmouth College and Weymouth College pupil Donnison was in her first year studying animation.
Campbell, who went to Wey Valley School and Weymouth College, used to travel to Manchester bringing the drugs but they both admitted dealing to other students on campus.
Campbell was on a gap year at the time of the offence but it is understood he was about to embark on a university course this month.
Manchester Crown Court heard how the pair peddled ecstasy, cannabis and the horse tranquilliser ketamine.
They were caught with a haul worth more than £2,500 when police raided Donnison’s room in the halls of residence at the Castle Irwell campus last December.
Duncan Wilcock, prosecuting, said police officers knocked at the door of Donnison’s private room at the student village on December 1 last year after reports of nuisance behaviour and drug use.
They saw digital weighing scales and cannabis and a white powder on the single bed.
A search revealed 120g of cannabis bush worth £1,206, 8.95g of ketamine worth £179, ecstasy worth £1,092, two smalls bags of cocaine and ketamine worth £36 and a further bag of cocaine worth £40.
Plastic snap bags and £170 in cash was also found and the pair were arrested.
Mr Wilcock said: “Campbell said some of the drugs would be used for themselves but others would be dealt to the fellow students of the co-accused.
“He said he knew what he was doing was wrong but he got carried away due to the money that he was making from drugs.”
Both Donnison and Campbell, of Windsor Road in Weymouth, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing drugs with intent to supply and a single count of possessing drugs relating to the cocaine.
Donnison, described by her counsel Alexandra Paterson as an ‘educated woman who should have known better’, broke down in the dock as she was led away.
The court was told the couple, who have no previous convictions, were ‘ashamed and remorseful’.
Judge David Hernandez said the pair had been involved in ‘serious offending’ and that it had to be a custodial sentence.
He added: “I appreciate that this is going to have a disruptive effect on each of your lives and I keep the sentences as short as I possibly can.”
The pair will serve their sentences at a young offender institution. After the case, the university said it has a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to crime.
A sad case, says mayor
MAYOR of Weymouth and Portland Ray Banham said it was a ‘sad’ case.
He added: “These are two young people with opportunities ahead of them and through being foolish they have ruined it for themselves.
“The police are very hot on this issue and they’re doing an excellent job. We’ve seen many arrests throughout Weymouth and Portland as police tackle drug supply and it’s the same throughout the country.”
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