A statement from the Avon and Somerset Police last night confirmed a 19-year-old Bristol student has been taken into custody following ongoing investigations into the sale of illicit substances online.

Police constables arrived at the first year student’s room in Badock Hall after surveillance of Clifton and Stoke Bishop Tickets Facebook page led to rumours over the spike in the sale of de-protonated Benzoylmethylecgonine.

A spokesman from the constabulary made the following statement.

‘We have a zero-tolerance policy on the sale and distribution of Class A narcotics, and selling crack cocaine is an extremely serious offence.

‘What makes this case particularly sinister is the ease with which the suspect was able to run his operations on a popular social media marketplace.’

‘However, rumours have been circulating that the student was merely hoping to offload an extra ticket to In:Motion’s popular event this weekend, and was not actually trying to breach the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. We are still trying to determine that.

A friend of the incarcerated fresher, who has been kept anonymous, spoke to The Whip:

‘Yeah so I’m fairly sure [he] wasn’t selling crack cocaine. We were all going to head to Motion this weekend and I think he had an spare ticket he wanted to sell. He posted it on Clifton and Stoke Bishop. That’s all!

‘I think it’s pretty unfair that he could now face a life sentence in prison. There must have been some kind of mistake.

‘I mean, obviously, he sold our entire corridor pingers and ket for the weekend, but that’s different. Right?’

Investigations are ongoing.

Charlie Meyrick