Cheshire: Man jailed for trying to smuggle drugs to Creamfields
A judge has spoken of the ‘huge drain’ the Creamfields music festival represents for Cheshire taxpayers before jailing a man.
In the David Bemrose case, Judge Patrick Thompson referred to the level of policing required to tackle drug problems at Daresbury Festival.
Bemrose, of Lymmington Avenue, Lymm, attempted to smuggle drugs into Creamfields – concealing her buttocks – but informed officers upon entering the site.
At an earlier hearing, the 33-year-old pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of ecstasy with intent to supply and attempted possession of ecstasy with intent. provide.
He appeared at Chester Crown Court last Thursday for sentencing.
Prosecutor Clare Jones told the court the offenses took place around 2.30pm on Saturday August 28.
She said Bemrose had various bags of drugs in her buttocks which were concealed in balloons.
These bags contained cocaine and MDMA. But seven packets of what Bemrose thought to contain MDMA actually contained caffeine.
He admitted to being in possession of drugs and said some were for himself and he would give a quantity to his friends.
But Ms Jones said Bemrose only admitted this after passing various signs warning festival-goers of the consequences of drug use, several amnesty bins and posters. As well as a warning on the tickets.
She also said that when his phone was scanned there were messages saying he was “sorting everyone’s meds”.
The court heard that Bemrose had no previous convictions.
Defending Gareth Roberts said: “He pleaded guilty to what we all know are very serious offences.
“He’s a man who’s never been in jail and never had any issues – that in itself is a devastating reality.”
Mr Roberts said Bemrose knew he had brought “shame” and “embarrassment” to his family and was remorseful.
Referring to the messages on Bemrose’s phone, Mr Roberts said they were “just jokes”.
He also told the court that Bemrose suffered from ADHD and that before Creamfields had been in rehab to combat his cocaine use.
Before sentencing, Judge Thompson said: “It seems to me that it’s probably not the best idea to get out of rehab and go to Creamfields Music Festival – the biggest drug festival in Europe.”
He also said it was “completely clear” that Bemrose’s intention was to “make money” and “get high” at the festival.
Referring to the ‘huge drain’ on the resources of the Cheshire taxpayer, Mr Justice Thompson added: ‘It’s quite an operation to try and tackle this problem.’
Judge Thompson shared with the court the number of police officers who worked each day of the festival:
- Thursday: 144
- Friday: 180
- Saturday: 187
- Sunday: 182
“Those who engage in Class A drug trafficking at this festival must understand that when caught, they will face significant punishment,” Judge Thompson added.
“In recent years, people have lost their lives at the festival and suffered serious injuries from taking class A drugs.”
He also mentioned how Bemrose ignored “sign after sign” and all the amnesty trash.
Bemrose was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.