NHS worker jailed for bringing nine grams of cocaine to Creamfields festival

An NHS worker has been jailed for smuggling 14 wraps of cocaine into the Creamfields music festival.

Courtney Healey, 21, was found with nearly nine grams of the substance in her bag, after bringing the party drug to the dance festival during her weekend job as a caregiver.

Although Healey maintained that she had brought the drugs to share with her friends, text messages revealed that she was about to sell some of the stash to a man already at the festival who offered to pay for it £200.

The incident unfolded last year when Healey traveled over 200 miles from Wales to the event.

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His plans were stopped in their tracks when a tent search led to the discovery of the cocaine, believed to be worth between £420 and £1,100.

In a recent court case, prosecutor Richard Edwards said: ‘Several posts included Healy asking his friends in a group chat how they were taking their medication.

In a text, one person replied, “Oh my god I’m dreading this, y’all are smackheads.”

In another on cannabis, Healy said, “I smoke it every day. I feel like I could rip someone’s head off otherwise.

“My mom would send me to jail if she found out I did it.”

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Edwards told the court about the impact of the annual festival in Daresbury, Warrington – and how there are plenty of opportunities to return drugs to the festival with amnesty bins.

He also pointed to festival posters that warn festival-goers of the consequences of being caught with illegal substances.

The court heard how Healy, from Maesteg in South Wales, had no previous convictions, with Bernice Campbell’s defense saying: ‘She is a young woman who has ruined her life.’

Campbell described Healy as having a “maybe indifferent devil” attitude towards drugs, but said at the time she was going through a “low point” in her life.

She said it was a “terrible, terrible” shame on Healy and that she was just a “middleman” rather than worrying about drug supplies.

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The 21-year-old, who is believed to have ‘lost a promising career’ as an NHS healthcare support worker, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply at Chester Crown Court.

Jailing her for three years, Judge Steven Everett said: ‘Yes, she can put her head down. She’s not a naive young woman, is she?

“It shows that she’s completely wrapped up in the drug culture and very jaded about it.”

“You can’t be both – a healthcare support worker and someone who’s involved in the supply of terrible class A drugs. And you chose the latter.”

Jan G. Gilbert