Wales NHS worker jailed for using drugs at Creamfields music festival

NHS healthcare support worker, 21, is jailed after traveling 200 miles to take 14 wraps of cocaine to Creamfields dance music festival

  • Courtney Healy, 21, had 14 wraps of cocaine in her bag worth up to £1,100
  • She traveled over 200 miles from Wales to the four-day music festival
  • The NHS worker pleaded guilty and was jailed for three years

A disgraced NHS worker has been jailed for smuggling cocaine into one of Britain’s biggest music festivals which needed 693 officers to police it.

Courtney Healy, 21, was found with 14 wraps of cocaine in her bag at last year’s Creamfields festival on a weekend off from her job as an NHS carer.

Healy traveled over 200 miles from Wales to the four-day electronic dance music festival, recently tagged as the biggest drug festival in the world in europe‘.

Courtney Healy, 21, drove 200 miles from Wales to the music festival intending to smuggle 14 wraps of cocaine. She was found with 8.9 grams of Class A drugs worth up to £1,100

The Creamfields music festival was recently branded 'the world's biggest drugs festival in Europe' and needed 693 officers to police the 2021 event

The Creamfields music festival was recently branded ‘the world’s biggest drugs festival in Europe’ and needed 693 officers to police the 2021 event

She was found with 8.9 grams of cocaine in a search tent worth between £420 and £1,100, which she claimed to have taken for her friends.

A text message revealed she was smuggling drugs for a man already at the festival who had offered to pay her £200.

Group chat messages revealed that Healy asked his friends how they brought their drugs to the festival

The shamed NHS worker had no previous convictions and pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply at Chester Crown Court

The NHS worker claimed she was taking the drugs for her friends, but text messages later revealed she was smuggling cocaine for a man already inside who had offered her £200.

In defence, Bernice Campbell described Healy as having an 'indifferent' attitude towards drugs, but said at the time she was going through a 'low point' in her life

In defence, Bernice Campbell described Healy as having an ‘indifferent’ attitude towards drugs, but said at the time she was going through a ‘low point’ in her life

Prosecutor Richard Edwards told how there were several messages in a group chat, including Healy asking his friends how they were taking their medication.

One person replied, “Oh my god I’m dreading this, y’all are smackheads.”

Sentencing Healy to three years, Judge Steven Everett said: 'You can't be both - a healthcare worker and someone who is involved in providing terrible Class A drugs'

Sentencing Healy to three years, Judge Steven Everett said: ‘You can’t be both – a healthcare worker and someone who is involved in providing terrible Class A drugs’

In another post about marijuana, 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.”

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

She added that it is a “terrible, terrible” shame on Healy that she was only the “middleman” rather than being concerned with the subsequent supply of drugs.

The court heard how Healy, from Maesteg, near Bridgend, South Wales, had now ‘lost a promising career’ as an NHS healthcare support worker.

She pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply at Chester Crown Court and was jailed for three years.

Sentencing her, 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 delivering terrible class A drugs. And you chose the latter.

In a similar case, Judge Patrick Thompson criticized the “huge drain” on taxpayers caused by drug problems at the music festival when sentencing 33-year-old David Bemrose for a similar offence.

Bemrose, who attended the same festival as Healy, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for trying to smuggle cocaine and ecstasy concealed up her bum.

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Jan G. Gilbert