Update November 29, 2018: Sammi Obaid was acquitted by a jury of all charges. Security staff member with an anti-steroid bias may have lied to police about Obaid.
Man Allegedly Passed Off Dianabol Pills as Ecstasy at Kendal Calling Music Festival
Thousands of young people flock to music festivals every summer. And many of those people like to socialize and enjoy the music while “rolling”. Unfortunately, many festival-goers who thought they were buying the popular party drug Ecstasy (MDMA) may have ended up with something else entirely.
At the 2017 Kendal Calling Music Festival in northwest England, festival-goers may have been popping methandienone (Dianabol) pills thinking they were Ecstasy pills.
A 25-year old Cumbria man named Sammi Obaid is on trial for possession of a controlled class C drug with intent to supply. Obaid was allegedly selling some blue heart-shaped pills as Ecstasy at festival according to Prosecutor Julian Goode.
“What the prosecution say is that this defendant had these tablets and was intending to pass them off as ecstasy to maximize revenue streams and the profit that he could obtain,” according to Goode.
Festival-goers may have been rolling on Dianabol instead of “Molly”
Laboratory analysis revealed that the pills did not contain any MDMA at all. The only active ingredient was methandienone.
Obaid was caught when he tried to sell the heart-shaped pills to a man employed as a security staff member at the festival on July 28, 2017. Camp site supervisor Joseph Dowsett testified that Obaid approached him and offer to sell “four for thirty quid”.
Dowsett said he played along until back up arrived. Obaid was detained and turned over to Cumbria Police. Officers discovered 213 blue tablets in his possession along with £265 in cash currency.
Obaid admitted possessing the Dianabol tablets. After all, steroid possession for personal use is perfectly legal in the United Kingdom. But Obaid strongly denied offering to sale or supply the steroid pills to anyone else at any point during the festival.
Fake Ecstasy pills are a big problem at music festivals. But usually Ecstasy is substituted with vitamin, caffeine, stimulants or other psychoactive drugs. This may be the first case in which steroids were substituted for “Molly”.