Drug dealer went to Creamfields with supposed drugs in his ass
A dealer’s attempts to smuggle what he believed to be drugs into Creamfields were stopped by a well-trained police dog.
Bradley Coppard approached the entrance to the Daresbury-based music festival with caffeine wraps hidden in his bum.
The 20-year-old believed the wraps contained ecstasy, which he intended to sell inside the site for a “huge reward”.
He committed the offense while under police investigation for another drug case, in which he was caught in possession of a large amount of cannabis on a golf course.
Coppard appeared to have been sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday after he admitted attempting to possess ecstasy with intent to supply and possess cannabis with intent to supply.
James Coutts, prosecuting, explained how the cannabis charge arose on February 28 last year when officers from Cheshire Police were called to Eaton Golf Club near Chester.
Two men, one of whom was the accused, were reported at the course acting suspiciously after it closed after being spotted on CCTV.
The couple were located nearby by police and attempted to throw a backpack into a bush. Officers could smell cannabis on them, with a search of the backpack recovering 42.7g of drugs worth between £360 and £500.
Bradley Coppard was sentenced at Chester Crown Court
Police also seized three sets of scales, an iPhone and a quantity of cash. Coppard was arrested and in his interview with the police he admitted that he was dealing drugs to fund his own “heavy” habit.
He was released under investigation and later charged in December, but before that, on August 27 last year, he had committed another drug offence.
At around 3.15pm on the second day of the Creamfields Music Festival, he was stopped at the north entrance by plainclothes police who were alerted by a drug-addicted dog.
When questioned, he admitted to having 11 envelopes of ketamine secreted in his buttocks, which were recovered along with a three-day festival ticket and a mobile phone.
The drugs were analyzed and found to contain 8.15g of caffeine, although text messages from his phone showed he believed he would be selling ‘magic’, or crystal MDMA, to the interior of the festival.
The substance was valued at £220 inside Creamfields if indeed sold as ecstasy.
Mr Coutts revealed that Coppard had a previous conviction for a public order offence, for which he was given a four-week curfew.
In his client’s defence, Phil Clemo said he was “reasonable enough” to plead guilty at the earliest opportunity, for which he should receive his full sentence.
He spoke of the defendant’s ADHD diagnosis, which meant he found the Covid lockdowns harder than most, while the sudden death of a close family member sent him into a ” downward spiral of not caring’ about the consequences of one’s actions.
He was caught with what was believed to be drugs at Creamfields
Mr Clemo said Coppard was no longer on drugs, had “completely retired from this world” and was not likely to trouble the courts again.
In light of what was an ‘aberration’ of a year in which the defendant was ’emotionally troubled’, as well as possessing nothing but caffeine, he asked Judge Patrick Thompson to stay the sentence , but he was told, “What message does this mean? to send?”
Before sentencing, Judge Thompson said: ‘This time of year is a sad time for the judges of the court when we have to deal with drug suppliers in Creamfields.
“It usually involves young people like you, often with no previous convictions with a bright future ahead of them who thought they wouldn’t get caught.
“The reason they take such a risk is because the reward is huge, but with risk comes danger.
“You walk past amnesty bins outside the festival and sign after sign after sign warning about drugs and what happened to other young people who thought they could beat the system in the past.
“Those who make such determined efforts to use drugs should expect and will receive a significant sentence.”
Coppard, of Long Lane in Waverton, Chester, was sentenced to two years and eight months in a young offenders facility.