Ellesmere Port man caught with ketamine as he tried to enter Creamfields

An Ellesmere Port man caught with £800 of ketamine as he tried to enter the Creamfields music festival has been spared an immediate custodial sentence.

Marcus Grice, 20, of Grosvenor Wharf Road, was arrested by police who found the Class B drugs concealed on him, Chester Crown Court heard on Thursday June 16.

Grice, who wept throughout the sentencing hearing, was sentenced to 12 months in a young offender facility, suspended for 18 months, for possession with intent to supply ketamine.

Continuing, Michael Scholes said it was August 27, 2021 when Grice was arrested and strip searched at the entrance to the popular annual Daresbury Music Festival, and a quantity of ketamine worth £800 was found on him.

During an interview with the police, he claimed that all the drugs found were for personal use during the festival, but there was evidence that he was going to provide the drugs on his phone.

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.

There was a good prospect of rehabilitation and he 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.

“Medicines are inevitably sold at a high price 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