Unless you son can prove that someone slipped these into his pocket (very little chance of doing that) unknowingly, he would be better pleading not guilty.
To be honest, even if he ran that defence, it’s likely to fail because it’s such a weak defence, it really will not help in getting the lowest sentence possible.
Based upon the evidence, I agree with you that he would be better off pleading guilty because that will show remorse and generally lead to a one third reduction in the sentence.
Possession with intent to supply is far more serious than possession. He could not argue these were for personal use firstly because he had so many and secondly because he had so much money on him.
The texts are also pretty damning in respect of the cannabis.
Here are the definitive sentencing guidelines
Possession with intent to supply starts on page 9 and possession starts on page 29.
Sentences are on page 33
9 this would be lesser role, category 3 as he is selling directly to users (page 11).
Then look at the class of drug,
https://www.gov.uk/penalties-drug-possession-dealing (ecstasy is classed as class a along with heroin and cocaine)
and go to page 12.
I’m sorry to have to tell you that even a lesser role for a category 3 offence carries a custodial sentence of 2-4.5 years custody.
Depending on the amount of cannabis, he may be charged with possession with intent to supply although whatever sentence he gets in respect of the cannabis is going to be concurrent with the ecstasy charge.
However, for a first offence, he may get the sentence suspended but that would mean that if he reoffended at all (even a tiny amount of possession) he would get prosecuted for a new offence and be incarcerated for the original offence for breaching the suspension terms.
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