A DRUG courier from Warwick handed himself in to the police after officers had discovered the cocaine he was supposed to be delivering in a friend’s car.
Gavin Hill then pleaded guilty to possessing the cocaine with intent to supply it and driving his friend’s car while disqualified.
And at Warwick Crown Court Hill, aged 35, of Victoria Street, Warwick, was jailed for a total of two years.
Prosecutor Lynsey Knott said that on 15th February the police saw an Audi A4 on the M6 motorway and decided to stop it because of its heavily tinted windows.
When they pulled it over at Corley services there were three occupants, none of whom were the defendant.
But the officers also saw some needles, so decided to search the car and, concealed under the gear stick, they found two large wraps of cocaine.
All three occupants were arrested and denied any knowledge of the drugs.
Then on 4th March Hill walked into Nuneaton Police Station and confessed the cocaine was his.
Hill, who had a bad record for driving offences but none for drugs, explained that he had a drug debt which he had accrued while serving his last prison sentence. To help pay it off he had agreed to take the two packages for the person to whom he owed the money to someone in Kidderminster.
He said he had borrowed the car from a friend to collect the drugs, which he did not realise was cocaine, and had left the packages in there until he could use it again to deliver them.
Miss Knott added that the cocaine weighed a total of 62.6 grams and would have had a street value of between £2,520 and £3,780.
Sean Logan, defending, pointed out: “He went to the police. He chose to come forward. It was not even a case where the police were looking for him.”
Mr Logan said Hill had believed he was carrying a slightly less harmful drug, and the needles in the car had been for his own steroid use.
Hill was jailed for 20 months for the cocaine offence, with a consecutive four-month sentence for having driven the Audi while disqualified.
Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told him: “If you play a role, albeit a lesser role, in the supply of drugs and they then turn out to be class A, that is a risk you run.
“In this case you were playing a lesser role in the supply of class A drugs.
“In addition, you have an appalling record for disobeying disqualifications and for other driving offences.”
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