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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Courier stopped in Cumbria and found with £60,000 worth of drugs in car

A COURIER of drugs was found with 100,000 Phenazepam tablets and two plastic bags of cannabis in his car boot when he was stopped by police on the M6 in Cumbria.

Gary Collins, 46, of Fairhaven, Skelmerdale, drove a silver mondeo estate containing £60,000 worth of drugs, and is believed to have been travelling to a drop-off point in Lanarkshire.

Collins pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class B and class C drugs at Furness Magistrates’ Court.

A patrol of the M6 northbound by police officers on Thursday morning stopped Collins near junction 36.

After an officer smelt cannabis, police discovered 100 plastic tubs containing 1,000 Phenazepam tablets in each one and bags of cannabis in the car's boot.

John Appleby, prosecuting, said: “(Collins) has lost his employers some £60,000 and a large amount of material.

“I assume he was operating as a courier, carrying a large quanitity of drugs.”

Maureen Fawcett, in mitigation, said Collins took on the courier job to pay for a plane ticket to Dubai to join his 21-year-old son who had won a place at a golf competition in the UAE.

She said: “He was acting as a courier as a one off opportunity to get some cash. He has made a huge error.”

Sue Needham, chair of magistrates, remanded Collins in custody until May 19 when he will appear at Carlisle Crown Court for sentencing.

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