Creamfields drug smuggler cries Im sorry to pregnant partner as hes jailed

A music-lover who smuggled around £1,500 of MDMA into Creamfields sobbed as he apologised to his pregnant girlfriend when he was jailed.

Reiss White, 31, managing director of Stealth Connections music tour company, was busted during a search at the entrance of the festival in Daresbury.

Cheshire Police found him in possession of two packs of the Class A drug on August 28 last year.

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Chester Crown Court heard how White told officers at a voluntary interview that he purchased MDMA for £200 before he stepped into the festival.

He said his initial intention was “to overdose but he thought better of it”.

The 31-year-old, from Wensleydale, Tamworth, Staffordshire, cried to his pregnant partner, “I’m sorry Jordan” as his voice succumbed to emotion.

The businessman pleaded guilty on May 10 to one count of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, but prosecutors rejected his basis and the case was listed for a Newton hearing to decide his claims.

Before that took place, he entered an amended basis and he again pleaded guilty, this time accepted by the Crown, on September 5.

Mr Phillips said the basis was White was an “occasional user of MDMA” and “bought the MDMA for the benefit of himself and his friends".

It was arranged between those parties that he went into the festival with the drugs to reduce the risk of everyone being caught with them.

White had one previous conviction for two counts of possession with intent to supply the Class B drug cannabis, for which he received a suspended sentence in 2014.

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Arron Payne, defending, said his client was only taking the drugs in to share with friends and “was the one who nominated himself” to carry them inside.

He said White “works tirelessly and always puts others before himself” and didn't want to risk all of his friends getting caught.

He added that White had lost three "close friends" who took their own lives in three months, shortly before “the country was plunged into a national lockdown."

He was entered into therapy, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Mr Payne said the 31-year-old wanted a “blowout after what had been a very difficult time for him."

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He added that White’s partner was pregnant with his child due in March next year and had lost her father recently.

Mr Payne said the tour company supported events featuring acts such as “Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Aitch and Jaykae” – the latter of whom had provided a character reference – one of more than 25 submitted in support of White.

The defence barrister said White had been “drug-free since arrest” and the Creamfields bust was an “isolated incident”.

He said: “This offence represents a foolish mistake. It scared him off drugs completely.”

White had also raised more than £13,000 for charity, he said.

He was sentenced to 27 months in prison.


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