Army prospect ruined his career by taking drugs at Creamfields

A YOUNG man aspiring to join the British Army spurned the prospect by ‘foolishly’ trying to smuggle drugs to Creamfields.

Cory Jones was caught with a selection of drugs on his way to the Daresbury Music Festival in August last year.

The 21-year-old, who was only 20 at the time, was told that while he was looking to fund his own drug addiction, he also expected ‘significant money’ as a profit from sales.

He was told that drugs were a “scourge on society” and that the message needed to be conveyed that drug use at Creamfields had very serious consequences.

Jones appeared at Chester Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to three counts of possession with intent to supply drugs, namely cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine.

Oliver King, prosecuting, explained how he was stopped by police as he tried to enter the north entrance of Creamfields on the morning of Friday August 27 last year.

He was searched and found in possession of 11 bags containing cocaine belongings, graded at 83 per cent purity and valued at £550 inside the festival.

He had three other bags with him containing 38 tablets of MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy, which had a festival value of £380.

Officers also discovered a small bag of ketamine, which experts said was worth between £70 and £90, along with a three-day Creamfields ticket and her mobile phone.

Jones was arrested and questioned by police, during which he gave what was described as a “scripted or well-rehearsed” explanation that he and his friends had banded together to buy the drugs.

He was in charge of taking them inside and they would share them among themselves once they did. Jones said he had no intention of selling them for profit.

Mr King read out a police statement detailing the impact of drugs at Creamfields and the ‘enormous’ resources needed to control it.

The statement refers to all measures that warn people of the consequences of attempting drug use, including amnesty bins, posters detailing court sentences in recent years and the related health risk to drug use.

Jones was sentenced at Chester Crown Court

Defending Jones, who has no previous convictions, Jade Tufeil said: ‘The defendant is realistic about his position. He brought a bag with him and is ready for immediate custody.

She explained that he had never had any problems with the courts before, but had a “history of drug addiction”.

However, he has taken steps to deal with his drug use, which has come down “significantly”, she added.

Ms Tufeil spoke of Jones’ previous aspiration to join the military, to which Judge Everett said he would be “amazed” if the military took him on now.

Despite the setback, he is now working as a steel erector and gaining further qualifications, with his life in a “different position to what it was eight months ago”.

Before sentencing, Judge Steven Everett, who earlier in the hearing described the idea of ​​taking drugs at Creamfields as “stupid”, said: “You have pleaded guilty to three serious cases that you are facing.

“Taking drugs at Creamfields can cause potentially very serious harm.

“Drug use, especially Class A drugs like cocaine and ecstasy, is part of a societal scourge and is one of the main causes of criminal activity.

“People take them and poison their bodies, and the risk is not worth taking.

“You were motivated to pay for your own drug use, but you were also hoping for money, and big money.”

Jones, of Bryn Heol in Bedwas, South Wales, was sentenced to 32 months in prison.

An order was also approved for the confiscation and destruction of the seized drugs, his mobile phone and his Creamfields ticket.

Jan G. Gilbert