North-east teenager admits buying ketamine online after Border Force intercepts parcel

Aberdeen Sheriff Court
Aberdeen Sheriff Court

A teenager has admitted buying ketamine online – after Border Force intercepted a parcel.

Martyn Falconer, 18, bought the drugs online both for personal use and to sell to his friends, but the parcel was stopped before it reached him.

Depute fiscal Lynzi Souter told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “On September 18 2017 there was a witness on duty at UK Border Force logistics centre where a package was intercepted addressed to the accused.

“The package was opened and found to contain a packet, and within that was a silver packet, inside that was a white crystal substance.”

Ms Souter said the substance, which weighed 27.6g, tested positive for ketamine and the matter was passed to police.

“When interviewed with regards to this matter the accused stated that he would have been the intended recipient of the package.”

She added that he admitted to “buying the drugs online” and stated they were for his own personal use and “also to sell to friends”.

She went on to say Falconer “showed remorse” during the police procedures.

Falconer pled guilty to being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of the prohibition on importation of ketamine, and also to being concerned in the supply of ketamine.

Defence agent Neil McRobert, representing Falconer, asked for sentence to be deferred for background reports.

Sheriff Philip Mann told Falconer, of Kennedy Place, Ellon: “These are serious offences which could result in a custodial sentence.”

He deferred sentence until next month for reports.