In the Media

Cocaine ?minder? jailed for 2 years

PUBLISHED June 8, 2006

A MAN who "babysat" a drugs stash has been jailed for two years.

Johnny Foley had been looking after 72 grams of cocaine for others, and also had a small amount of the drug, intended for his supply to friends, a court heard.

The illegal substances were found when police searched his then home last December in the Accrington area. They had a street value of just more than ?4,000.

The 23-year-old, of Collingwood, Clayton-le-Moors, had pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply.

David Macro, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said the 72g of the drug were found in a kitchen plastic dish and had an eight per cent cocaine content. Other cocaine, weighing just over 11g, was discovered at the address.

Foley told police he had been given the drugs by two men, to whom he owed money. He had been "babysitting" the larger amount, and intended supplying the smaller amount to others himself.

Martin Hackett, defending, said the Foley had previously been taking drugs for some time and had drug debts.

Mr Hackett told the court: "He was pressured by others regarding those debts and he then agreed to dry out some cocaine and put it into small plastic bags.

"The only reason he got involved was because of his chronic drug addiction. He has since stopped using cocaine."

Judge Beverley Lunt said: "The courts have to deter people from minding drugs for anybody."