Apprentice electrician jailed for drugs in Creamfields

A TRAINEE electrician who was caught with more than £1,000 in cash earned from selling drugs to festival-goers has been jailed.

Harry Pullar was caught by security personnel attempting to enter Creamfields music festival in Daresbury with a wad of notes and a quantity of drugs.

Messages recovered from his phone also revealed his involvement in the illegal business, including bragging about the quality of his equipment.

The 22-year-old appeared at Chester Crown Court to find out if he would be allowed to retain his freedom after pleading guilty to being involved in the supply of cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine and possession of criminal property .

But he was told the message needed to get out that those trying to sell ‘evil’ drugs at Creamfields would face serious consequences.

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

Their suspicions were justified after they found a large amount of cash in the 20-year-old’s possession – £1153.50 in total – along with pills and powders.

Harry Pullar was jailed at Chester Crown Court

The powder was cocaine, worth £40-50 inside the festival, and ketamine, worth £20. The two ecstasy pills are also said to have an internal value of £20.

Pullar’s phone was seized and unlocked, revealing text messages relating to the drug supply.

A series of messages exchanged on August 15 saw him asking someone to supply him with drugs ahead of the festival, while in another sent at a later date he said: “New material, best stuff ever. I’ve had.”

Other posts discussed the exchange of drugs or money if someone brought drug paraphernalia such as scales into the festival for them.

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

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

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

“There is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation, and he has shown on his own initiative that he is capable of leading a productive life, and he has put his delinquency behind him.”

But that didn’t prompt Judge Steven Everett to suspend his sentence, the fact that Chester Crown Court has to deal with 60 to 90 Creamfields cases every year means a harsh message needs to be sent.

Chester Crown Court

Chester Crown Court

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

“Cocaine and ecstasy are class A drugs for a reason: they are very dangerous.

“People have died from using them, and recently I saw a man who had a hole in his nose, he was sniffling so much and it had turned to powder. God knows what it does to your insides.

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

Pullar was sentenced to three years in a juvenile facility.

An order was also approved for the confiscation of the cash and the destruction of the drugs.

After sentencing, Judge Everett added, “Show that you can change and do something with your life, but if you don’t, you’ll throw it away.”

Jan G. Gilbert