Pair pose as Creamfields security staff to sell £30,000 worth of drugs

TWO men posed as Creamfields staff in a daring bid to sell around £30,000 worth of drugs.

The couple, Lewis Azzopardi and Ayodeji Ojuroye, were caught with a suitcase full of MDMA, ketamine and balloons at the Daresbury Music Festival in August 2018.

They attempted to enter through the staff entrance under the guise of being security, using another person’s parking pass.

Creamfields staff became suspicious as the men’s registration details did not match those on the pass.

As a result, the vehicle was searched, finding three types of drugs.

Azzopardi, 26, and Ojuroye, 35, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Thursday July 1.

Azzopardi was sentenced to four years and three months in prison after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing, and Ojuroye was sentenced to five years.

Mr Barnes, prosecuting, told the court the balloon canisters alone were worth around £25,000.

He also said there were signs at all entrances to the festival warning people not to take drugs, drug disposal bins and leaflets on tickets warning of drug possession.

Mr Brown, defending Azzopardi, told the court he was of “good character” and had never had any problems with the authorities before.

He said: ”He accepts full responsibility.

”It was the biggest regret and mistake of his life.

”The saddest reality is that in the past two years he is now a different man and has changed his life.

“He deeply regrets his immaturity in involving himself in this offence.”

Mr Brown also told the court that Azzopardi had a full-time job at a business he had ‘great’ in and had a partner and a one-year-old son, describing him as ‘a hugely involved father’.

Mr Roberts, defending Ojuroye, told the court the defendant came from a ‘very prosperous and loving family’.

He said: ”He is devastated to have let his family and his young daughter down.

”He is a hard-working and successful businessman.”

The court heard that Azzopardi, from Birmingham, had no previous convictions and Ojuroye, from Chafford Hundred, had no relevant previous convictions.

Judge Patrick Thompson told the court the breaches must have involved a lot of planning, trying to enter through the staff entrance and using a staff parking pass.

He also said the impact of the breaches on the community and how policing Creamfields is a ‘huge burden’ on Cheshire ratepayers.

Judge Thompson said: “You could have potentially made around £30,000 from drugs if you had entered.

”You both knew the consequences if you were caught and the reason for this is that Creamfields clearly states the risk you are taking on the ticket, on the warning signs at all entrances and on the available discount bins.

“You have to understand that with great gain, comes great risk.

“I have to send a message to other people, if you bring drugs to the festival, you risk a custodial sentence.

”The consequence of drugs can be fatal, and it was already at this same festival.”

Azzopardi was sentenced to four years and three months in prison after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing, and Ojuroye was sentenced to five years.

Judge Thompson concluded: ”I hope you will use this phrase constructively and not be tempted again. ”

Jan G. Gilbert