Cocaine courier jailed - Biggleswade

23/05/2017

A Biggleswade man was jailed for 5 years 9 months today, Tuesday, 23 May 2017, after being caught with two kilos of cocaine in a van.

Gavin Radford, aged 36, had agreed to transport the drugs to pay off his debts, Luton Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor John Carmichael said he was stopped by the police at a quarter to six in the evening of 6 March this year. When asked if he had anything in the van, he immediately said cocaine. Two one-kilo packets of the drug were found with a purity of 63 and 64 per cent. Its street value was put at between £59,700 and £107,000, with its wholesale value at £28,000 a kilo, said the prosecutor.

Radford of Mead End, Biggleswade appeared for sentence via a video link from Peterborough prison, having earlier pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply. He was of previous good character.

Defending, Stefan Weidmann said: "He is a man in his mid-30s who has sadly fallen from a great height. He has held down decent jobs, but has been in thrall to cocaine for many years."

Jailing him, Recorder Jeremy Benson QC said the starting point for sentence was 9 years, but he was reducing it to 5 years 9 months for his early guilty plea and mitigation.

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