Irishman’s plan to take 10 MDMA pills called “incredibly foolish” after arrest at Australian festival
He escaped conviction after stating the drug is "not strong enough" in Australia and that he was going to consume every capsule.
An Irish tourist found with 10 MDMA capsules in his underwear at a music festival in Australia has escaped conviction after he argued that the party drug is "not strong enough" in Australia and that all of the pills were for his personal use.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 32-year old man was arrested at the Ultra Music festival.
He was then charged with supplying a prohibited drug.
The drugs were detected on his person by a sniffer dog, which alerted the authorities.
According to the report, the authorities immediately questioned the Irishman and he was "nervous" and "visibly shaking" after the drugs were discovered.
The man stated that he "did not intend on selling the capsules and planned on consuming all of them himself as the purity of MDMA in Australia is not strong enough".
After pleading guilty to the charges, the judge ruled that the incident did not warrant a conviction due to the small amount of drugs involved and the fact that the man had no criminal record.
However, the judge added that the Irishman's plan of consuming 10 MDMA pills was "an incredibly foolish thing to do and obviously – I say it for the purpose of the court as well – people die of drug overdoses".
The Irishman is expected to leave Australia on Friday.