A TRAINEE electrician who was caught with more than £1,000 in cash gained through the sale of drugs to festivalgoers has been jailed.

Harry Pullar was nabbed by security staff trying to enter Creamfields music festival in Daresbury with a wad of notes and a quantity of drugs.

Messages retrieved from his phone also revealed his involvement in the illegal enterprise, including him boasting about the quality of his gear.

The now 22-year-old appeared at Chester Crown Court to discover if he would be allowed to keep his liberty after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine and possession of criminal property.

But he was told that the message must go out that those who try to sell ‘evil’ drugs at Creamfields will face severe consequences.

Paulinus Barnes, prosecuting, told the court how on August 24, 2019, Creamfields security staff checked a bag the defendant was trying to enter the festival with.

Their suspicions were justified after they found a large amount of cash in the possession of the then 20-year-old – £1153.50 in total – as well as pills and powders.

Harry Pullar was jailed at Chester Crown Court

Harry Pullar was jailed at Chester Crown Court

The powder was cocaine, with a value of £40 to £50 inside the festival, and ketamine, which had a value of £20. The two ecstasy pills were also said to have an internal value of £20.

Pullar’s phone was seized and unlocked, which revealed text messages relating to the supply of drugs.

One set of messages exchanged on August 15 saw him asking someone to supply him for the drugs ahead of the festival, while in another sent at a later date, he said: “New gear, best s**t I’ve had.”

More messages discussed the exchange of drugs or money if someone would take drug-related paraphernalia such as scales into the festival for him.

Mr Barnes revealed to the court that Pullar, of Pilton Avenue in Edinburgh, had no previous convictions.

In defence of his client, Philip Tully said: “The defendant makes it absolutely clear he accepts the seriousness of the matters and accepts responsibility for his actions.

“He is a man with no previous convictions, he has shown genuine remorse and he is disgusted by his actions.

“There is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation, and he has shown off his own bat that he is capable of living a productive life, and he has put his offending behind him.”

But this did not sway judge Steven Everett into suspending his sentence, with the fact that Chester Crown Court has to deal with 60 to 90 Creamfields cases every year meaning that a stern message needs to be sent out.

Chester Crown Court

Chester Crown Court

“You went into Creamfields hoping to make big profit by selling evil drugs,” he said.

“Cocaine and ecstasy are class A drugs for good reason – they are seriously dangerous.

“People have died from their use, and recently I saw a man who had a hole in his nose he sniffed so much and it had turned to powder. Goodness knows what it is doing to your insides.

“For such a young man with no previous convictions, it was extremely saddening to read about you, but I have to send the message out that these crimes have serious consequences.”

Pullar was sentenced to three years detention in a young offender institution.

An order was also approved for the forfeiture of money and destruction of the drugs.

After sentencing, judge Everett added: “Show you can change and make something of your life, but if you don’t, you will be throwing it away.”