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Friday, 31 July 2015

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Cumbria police find £1.7m drugs haul in car boot

A driver stopped near Brampton was found with £1.7m of high purity drugs in the boot of his car.

Paul Stanley, 48, was arrested on the A69 near Brampton as he was transporting amphetamine from the north east.

The amphetamine was some of the purest and most concentrated ever found in Cumbria, with a purity of around 90 per cent compared with the five per cent usually sold by street dealers.

The judge, Recorder Kevin Grice, said it must have been because it was “fresh from the production line” and being taken to dealers who would have bulked it out with other substances.

In those circumstances, he said, Stanley – who was jailed for three years and nine months – was “clearly more than just a courier”.

“He would be better described as a trusted delivery driver, taking the drugs from the factory to the distribution centre,” he said.

“They were so valuable they would not have been entrusted to a mere courier.”

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson said that when the police who stopped him asked him if he had “anything he should not have” in his car, he pointed them to the boot, where the 10 kilos of amphetamines were packed into a bag.

Stanley, of Axwell Park, Blaydon, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to possessing the drug with intent to supply it.

Patrick Shimmin, defending, said Stanley – who had a previous conviction for importing £1m worth of cigarettes which earned him a six-year prison sentence in 2006 – had agreed to transport the drugs because he had been left in financial difficulties after a land deal went wrong.

Passing sentence, the judge said Stanley obviously had the ability to live an honest and productive life.

“But you have a significant weakness,” he told him.

“When financial times become hard, as they do for all of us from time to time, you succumb to temptation – and not just minor temptation, but very significant temptation.”


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