NHS worker jailed for taking drugs into Creamfields music festival
NHS healthcare support worker, 21, is jailed after driving 200 miles to take 14 wraps of cocaine into Creamfields dance music festival
- Courtney Healy, 21, had 14 wraps of cocaine in her bag worth up to £1,100
- She travelled more than 200 miles from Wales to the four-day music festival
- The NHS worker pleaded guilty and was jailed for three years
A shamed NHS worker has been jailed for taking cocaine into one of Britain’s biggest music festivals that needed 693 officers to police it.
Courtney Healy, 21, was found with 14 wraps of cocaine in her bag during last year’s Creamfields festival on a weekend off from her NHS care worker job.
Healy travelled more than 200 miles from Wales to the four-day electronic dance music festival, recently labelled as ‘the world’s biggest drug festival in Europe‘.
Courtney Healy, 21, drove 200 miles from Wales to the music festival with the intention to smuggle 14 wraps of cocaine. She was found with 8.9 grams of the class A drug worth up to £1,100
Creamfields music festival has recently been labelled as the ‘world’s biggest drug 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 – £1,100, which she claimed she was taking in for her friends.
A text message revealed that she was smuggling the drugs for a man already in the festival who had offered to pay her £200.
The NHS worker claimed she was taking the drugs in for her friends but texts later revealed she was smuggling cocaine for a man already inside who had offered her £200
Defending, Bernice Campbell described Healy as having a ‘devil-may-care’ attitude to drugs but said at the time she was going through a ‘low point’ in her life
Prosecuting, Richard Edwards, told how there was multiple messages in a group chat including Healy asking her friends how they were taking their drugs in.
One person responded: ‘Oh my god I am dreading this, you are all smackheads.’
Sentencing Healy for three years, Judge Steven Everett, said: ‘You can’t be both – a health care support worker and somebody that is involved in the supply of terrible class A drugs’
In another message talking about marijuana, Healy said: ‘I smoke it every day. I feel like I might rip someone’s head off otherwise.
‘My mum would actually send me to jail if she found out I done it.’
Defending, Bernice Campbell described Healy as having a ‘devil-may-care’ attitude to drugs but said at the time she was going through a ‘low point’ in her life.
She added that it’s a ‘terrible, terrible’ shame for Healy that she was just the ‘go-between’ rather than being concerned in the onward supply of drugs.
The court heard how Healy, of Maesteg, near Bridgend, South Wales, now ‘lost a promising career’ as a health care support worker in the NHS.
She pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with the intent to supply at Chester Crown Court and was jailed for three years.
Sentencing her, Judge Steven Everett said: ‘Yes, she can hang her head. This is not a naïve young woman is it?
‘It shows she is completely enveloped in the drug culture and is very blasé about it.’
‘You can’t be both – a health care support worker and somebody that is involved in the supply of terrible class A drugs. And you chose the latter.’
In a similar case, Judge Patrick Thompson slammed the ‘enormous drain’ on taxpayers caused by drug issues at the music festival when sentencing David Bemrose, 33, for a similar offence.
Bemrose, who attended the same festival as Healy, was sentenced to two-and-a-half-years for attempting to smuggle cocaine and ecstasy that was concealed up his bottom.
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