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Jail for Creamfields drug dealer
9:00am Thursday 30th August 2012 in News
A CREAMFIELDS reveller who tried to take drugs into the festival site was jailed for 26 weeks one year after being arrested.
His accomplice was also banned from all festivals for three months for his role in the crime.
Andrew Collins, aged 25, from Kirkdale, and Anthony Millward, aged 21, from Bootle, were both found guilty of possession of a Class C drug with intent to supply.
Warrington Crown Court heard on Friday how Collins had been given a final chance three weeks before his arrest at the Daresbury festival after being caught growing cannabis.
Judge David Hale told him he had no more chances left.
He said: “What is unbelievable is you did it three weeks after getting a community order for growing cannabis. What did you expect to happen when you got caught?”
The pair had been picked up by a drugs dog on Saturday, August 27 on the site and after a police search were found to be in possession of Class C drug BZP.
Arthur Gibson, defending Collins, said he was in the process of completing an apprenticeship with a joinery company.
He added: “It is criminality but governed by a huge amount of stupidity. Going to prison would have a considerable effect on him because he would lose his employment.”
Millward, who had no previous convictions, had since focused on his work at a care home.
James Smith, defending Millward, added: “Since his arrest it had a restorative process on his life. He is no longer taking illegal substances and has thrown himself into his work.”
Judge Hale accepted that some of the drugs the pair tried to smuggle into the dance festival would have been for personal use but they still would have looked to sell the remainder on.
He added: “The police go to great lengths at pop festivals to stop drugs getting in.”
Millward was handed a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, ordered to complete 160 hours unpaid work and given the festival ban.