Mechanic jailed for storing drugs in tool box - Bedford

17/08/2012

A Bedford mechanic who 'looked after' a stash of cocaine in his tool box supposedly for £200 because he was broke has been jailed for four and a half years today, Friday, 17 August 2012.

Luton Crown Court was told the kilo of cocaine was of high purity and was worth between £40,000 in bulk up to £240,000 if diluted and sold in street deals.

Kevin Morgan, a 42-year-old grandfather from Foxglove Way, Bedford pleaded guilty to possessing the Class A drug with intent to supply.

He maintained he was only keeping it for a 'casual friend', he refused to name, for a couple of weeks and suspected it was drugs, but did not ask any questions.

However, Judge Jeffrey Burke QC said he was sceptical that a drug dealer would leave such a valuable consignment with someone he barely knew.

Claudette Elliott, for the Crown Prosecution Service said on 20 July this year police went to Morgan's workshop in Bury Walk, Bedford acting on intelligence. They asked where his tool box was and he showed them.

"In the bottom drawer they found a large blue bag. He said he was looking after it for a friend but did not know what it was.

"He said a casual friend had come to his place of work a week before and asked if he wanted to make £200 by looking after a package for him.

"He did not ask and did not want to know what it contained he just wanted some extra money."

Richard Ricks, defending, said: "He has been monumentally stupid. He is the cornerstone of his family and works six days a week, he is a conscientious and industrious man.

"But on this occasion he was a poor dupe. He should have asked questions, but he did not. He wanted the money he was broke and it was a week's wages to him."

Judge Burke said: "Your family must be absolutely shattered to see you here facing a custodial sentence.

"But this was an enormous consignment of drugs and it has to be made clear that Class A drugs are dangerous and damaging to those who consume them and the effect of them on the community is enormous."

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