Stamford AFC’s star summer signing Ellis Myles-Tebbutt has been jailed for two years and nine months after he was convicted of dealing class A drugs and cannabis.
Full-back Myles-Tebbutt, 21, of Gibbons Close, Leicester, was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Monday. The court heard he turned to dealing crack-cocaine and heroin after he was released from the Leicester City Academy and his hopes of a full time professional contract diminished.
At 11pm on July 2, 2013 Myles-Tebbutt was stopped by police driving a hired black BMW on Loughborough Road, in Leicester. Police smelt cannabis coming from the car tried to search Myles-Tebbutt but the athletic footballer took flight.
Myles-Tebbutt was arrested after a chase. A police dog was used to retrace his steps and recovered a small amount of cannabis.
The defendant was also carrying 10 wraps of heroin weighing 5.66 grams, worth £200, as well as 15 wraps of crack-cocaine totalling 5.42 grams and worth £300.
A search of his home uncovered a three further wraps of heroin worth £90 and 8.4 grams of crack-cocaine worth £400, and a set of scales.
In court Myles-Tebbutt admitted possessing crack-cocaine and heroin, with intent to supply and simple possession of cannabis. He had previously claimed the drugs were for his own experimentation.
A statement from Stamford AFC said the club was not aware of the incident when Myles Tebbutt came to the club this summer, but he had recently spoken to manager David Staff about the pending trial.
The manager said: “There is no way I can condone his actions and, with the details of the case becoming apparent, he has clearly made some bad decisions for which he will now pay a heavy price.”