Drugs courier jailed - Hertfordshire

01/02/2013

When police stopped Gary Marsh on the M1 near Watford they discovered £15,000 worth of crack cocaine hidden under a seat.

As a result officers went to his home in Luton where they found a further £2,000 worth of heroin.

On Friday, 01 February 2013, when Marsh appeared at St Albans Crown Court, Judge Steven Gullick was told he was in fact an overstayer in this country and had been here for 10 years.

Marsh, 39, of Marlow Avenue, Luton, pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

The court was told that Marsh was a courier for a drugs ring and that day, 25 November last year, had collected the drugs in London for his bosses.

David Chrimes prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Marsh had been driving away from London up the M1 in Herts when he was stopped by police near Watford as part of a routine check.

Because he appeared nervous and had trouble producing ID, the officers decided to search the car and found the drugs; 145 grams in slabs and rocks worth £15,000.

Mr Chrimes said back at the defendant's home officers found two golf ball size lumps of heroin worth £2,000.

The court heard that Jamaican Mr Marsh had been in the UK as an overstayer for 10 years and, because of his status, couldn't obtain legitimate work and was forced to work for cash as a mechanic. He had developed a cocaine habit and, as a result of his circumstances, had been tempted to work for those involved in drugs.

Will Noble defending said his client was very much a "small cog" and there was nothing to suggest he was dealing.

Judge Gullick jailed Marsh for two years and nine months.

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