A YOUNG professional who enjoyed taking the legal high M-Cat before the drug was banned became a dealer for his circle of friends, including doctors.
When police checked the mobile phone of physiotherapist Ian Farmery they found it contained lots of messages from his mates asking for more of the drug, also known as meow meow or mephedrone, after it became illegal.
Because the 25-year-old was not making a profit from the dealing and was of good character, a judge at Doncaster Crown Court was persuaded to suspend a 40-week prison sentence and impose an unpaid work order of 150 hours.
Recorder Mark Bury told Farmery: “I accept this has been a wake-up call for you and I hope it is indeed that. You’ve been very close to an immediate sentence of custody.”
Farmery, of Kempton Park Road, Cusworth, admitted being concerned in the supply of a class B drug and possessing it when police raided his flat in Sprotbrough last May.
Prosecutor Richard Sheldon said officers found 13.5g of M-Cat in his bedroom which he said was for his own use. But analysis of his phone showed a number of texts with messages such as “let me know how many bags of cat you want” and “can you get 2g of cat?” and “I’m sure someone could make a fortune at work”.
Defence counsel Kath Goddard said M-Cat was legal when he first started taking it after he and his peers were introduced to it at a party.
She added: “It is a mark of his honesty that he accepts by the time the police searched his flat he knew it had been categorised as an illegal substance but there were a number of young professionals who continued to take it, including young doctors.”