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Ecstasy in underwear during Hobart bender

A man on a bender who was caught with ecstasy pills in his underwear after trying to pay for a flight with cash at Hobart Airport has been described as "out of control" by a judge.

Samuel Adrian Webb, 20, had been partying for several days when he went to the airport around 4am on February 25 last year.

His goal was to fly to Melbourne and kick on, but his efforts were foiled by airport staff who notified police after noticing he was twitching involuntarily when trying to buy a ticket.

Webb, who lives in Victoria, was later found with 19 orange ecstasy pills in his underpants.

"It appears to me that your behaviour was out of control," Justice Gregory Geason said during sentencing on Friday in Tasmania's Supreme Court.

Webb was hit with a one-year suspended jail term and ordered to do 100 hours of community service.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to a change of drug trafficking.

Webb had a drug debt of more than $13,000 and had bought 252 tablets with the intent of selling some of them.

Webb had sold ecstasy to at least six people in the six months after August 2018.

He was also found at the airport with $2200 cash, which was confiscated.

Justice Geason described ecstasy as a "scourge" on the community but noted Webb's offending was at the lower end of the scale.

Webb was also ordered to pay the $4620 cost of drug analysis.

© AAP 2019