Crown court: ‘Fool’ stored drugs to make himself ‘some dollar’

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A man who stored thousands of pounds worth of cocaine and amphetamine on behalf of a dealer escaped an immediate jail sentence at Lincoln Crown Court.

Wayne Kirk was arrested after a sniffer dog detected drugs in a bedroom wardrobe when police raided his home in the village of Aslackby.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Kirk was not at the property when officers arrived but returned soon afterwards.

A total of 13.71g of cocaine were found along with 477g of amphetamine. The drugs had a combined street value of £5,740 if divided into smaller deals.

Mr Howes said: “These were not his drugs. He was holding them for others with the expectation of a small payment for that function. He must have known the nature of the activity he was involved in. That amount of drugs would make somebody else a significant amount of money.”

When Kirk was arrested he told officers “I’m keeping the stuff for someone to earn myself some dollar” but remained silent when he was later interviewed.

Kirk, 20, of Aveland Way, Aslackby, admitted two charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply on 29 June 2012 and a further charge of possession of a small amount of cannabis. He was given a 12-month custodial sentence suspended for two years and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Michael Heath told him: “Those who act as custodians are obviously trusted by the people who deposit drugs with them for safe keeping so you were trusted and you did it for money.

“In my judgement, given that you are now 20 years of age and have no previous convictions, you were more of a fool than a knave and for that reason I am able to draw back from immediate custody.”

Neil Sands, defending, said Kirk had no previous convictions and at the time he committed the offence was out of work.

He said: “He had no money and the temptation of being offered £30 was just too great. He says he didn’t know until later that there was cocaine involved.”

Mr Sands said Kirk was assessed as being a low risk of re offending and since the offence has obtained full-time work for a plasterer.