Radio DJ imprisoned over T in the Park Ecstasy haul

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A RADIO DJ caught carrying hundreds of pounds worth of Ecstasy tablets into a major music festival has been jailed.

Tariq Medaci, 23, was stopped by security guards 
after arriving at T in the Park with the Class A drug.

He claimed the tablets were for his own friends, but was yesterday sent to prison for six months after he admitted 
being concerned in their supply at Perth Sheriff Court.

Medaci, who lives in Gorgie Road, was caught red-handed with 45 of the potentially deadly tablets, worth £450, at the festival in Balado, Kinross, in July.

The court heard that that Medaci – who volunteers for a Glasgow-based radio station and also organises student dance events – had previous drug convictions after being caught growing cannabis plants and bringing herbal cannabis back from a holiday.

Fiscal depute Carol Whyte told the court: “The accused was stopped by security staff as he attempted to pass through the gate from the campsite to the main arena.

“He was asked if he would consent to a search and he agreed. He was asked if he had anything he shouldn’t. He took out a bag containing 45 Ecstasy tablets.

“They were worth £450 at that locus. Given the quantity, it was the stated opinion of police officers that the accused was concerned in the supply of Ecstasy.”

Solicitor Robbie Burnett, defending, said: “These were drugs which had been bought by his friends as a group earlier. They had been left in the camping area.

“The group had gone to the main arena where the music was and then all decided they wanted to get the drugs, so he volunteered to go and collect them. He accepts his guilt and realises that by volunteering to get them he placed himself in a vulnerable position and accepts his actions were criminal.”

Mr Burnett told the court his client had been caught growing 12 cannabis plants in 2010 and was found bringing 20 grams of cannabis into Scotland last year.

He said: “He volunteers as a DJ with a Glasgow radio station, in the hope that by volunteering people will get to know him and he will get a job.

“During university term times he gets employed at dances.”

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told Medaci: “T in the Park attracts many thousands of people each year, and by its very nature of being a music festival, there is potentially a promising market for any person who has a significant quantity of drugs. It may be that you were getting the drugs for your friends, or it may not be, I don’t know. It is significant that no explanation was offered to the persons who stopped you.

“You have two previous drug convictions. Taking everything into account I consider it 
appropriate to take your liberty from you.”