A former St Andrews student has been sentenced to four months in prison for dealing in class A drugs and specifically for supplying them to St Andrews student Lewis Greig.
Stewart Wright supplied the controlled drug dimethyl-alpha-methyl-phenthylamine – commonly known as DOC – on 9 April 2013. The drug is similar to LSD and was supplied as small drops on top of sugar cubes.
The police officers who searched Mr Wright’s flat found him to be in possession of 3.6ml of DOC, or 150 single drops, priced at a street value of £5 per drop. He was also in possession of 4.6 grams of cannabis.
The student Mr Wright had supplied with DOC, Lewis Greig, died last year after a reaction to the drug. He and a friend had gone to Mr Wright under the impression that they were buying LSD. He was on life support for three days before his family made the decision to turn it off.
This was Mr Wright’s first offence and his defence lawyer excused his behaviour to the court, saying it was the “result of naivety and peer pressure”.
Mr Wright “accepted responsibility”, according to the lawyer. He pled guilty to the charges. When police officers visited his house on 10 April 2013, having heard of him while pursuing a separate case, he handed over a vial of the drug.
Sheriff Charles Macnair told the court that as a “highly educated and intelligent man” Mr Wright “must have known the consequences” of his actions. He said that as he had not been “forced into” drug dealing through poverty or hardship unlike many who appear before the court, it “makes it rather worse”.
The sheriff told Mr Wright that there was “no excuse at all for what you were doing”.
He told the court that the sentence would have been six months if Mr Wright had not pled guilty and if this had not been his first offence.