Creamfields party boy caught with drugs during strip search

A REVELER who was caught with hundreds of pounds at Creamfields has been spared jail time.

Marcus Grive, of Ellesmere Port, was found in possession of around £800 worth of ketamine when he was arrested by police as he entered the Daresbury Dance Music Festival.

The 20-year-old, who wept during a sentencing hearing at Chester Crown Court on Thursday, was given a 12-month sentence in a young offenders facility, suspended for 18 months, after being admitted possession with intent to supply ketamine.

Continuing, Michael Scholes said it was August 27, 2021 when Grice was stopped at the entrance and then strip searched.

In a police interview, he claimed that any drugs found were for personal use during the festival, but he had since pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply.

In defence, Oliver Saddington said a pre-sentence report and letters from his family and employer showed that Grice was full-time, hard-working and had built a career in hospitality, and had family responsibilities, which were very valuable. to him.

He added that there were good prospects for rehabilitation and that his client was ashamed of what he had done.

Sentencing judge Simon Berkson said: “Creamfields is an annual music festival and takes its name from a Liverpool nightclub which was famous for its house music in the 1990s.

“Creamfields is one of the last festivals of the summer season and attracts a large number of young festival-goers.

“Cheshire Police are investing heavily to ensure law-abiding people can have a safe time. People want to avoid entering the site. Bins are provided before people reach the barriers and there are clear and explicit warnings about the consequences of bringing drugs into the festival.

“No one can say they didn’t know what was going to happen.

“You, despite these efforts, put a large amount of drugs in your body to avoid detection. You ignored clear warnings. You were barred from entering the festival.

“Drugs are inevitably sold at high prices in the festival due to the shortage.

“You have no previous convictions and people can speak well of you. It’s sad to see someone like you appear in court.”

As part of the suspended sentence, Grice must complete 20 days of mandatory rehabilitation activity and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Jan G. Gilbert