Female drug mule, 22, is jailed after trying to smuggle £2,000 of ecstasy, cannabis and ketamine into Creamfields festival in condom hidden inside her
- Shanice Burden, 22, of Coventry, was caught with almost £2,000 worth of drugs
- She claimed a gang of travellers had forced her at knifepoint to do the smuggling
- Yesterday she was jailed for 27 months following incident at the Cheshire festival
A female drug mule has been jailed for smuggling drugs hidden in a condom inside of her into Creamfields dance music festival.
Shanice Burden, 22, was caught with almost £2,000 worth of cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and ketamine at the Cheshire festival after a sniffer dog detected the drugs.
Police found she had concealed inside a condom 27 wraps of ecstasy worth over £1,000 along with £600 worth of ketamine and £140 worth of cannabis.
She was arrested and claimed a gang of travellers had forced her at knifepoint to carry the drugs into the 80,000-reveller festival.
Yesterday, Burden, of Coventry, was jailed for 27 months after admitting possessing drugs with intent to supply.
Shanice Burden, 22, (pictured outside Chester Magistrates’ Court) was caught with almost £2,000 worth of cocaine, cannabis, ecstasy and ketamine at the Cheshire festival after a sniffer dog detected the drugs
Burden (left and right) was arrested and claimed a gang of travellers had forced her at knifepoint to carry the drugs into the 80,000-reveller festival
Judge Anthony Potter told her: ‘You foolishly did what many young people have done before, which is to assume the notices plainly put up at Creamfields would not apply to you.
‘You did that not because you were placed under compulsion, but because you thought you were less likely to be searched than other people.
‘You took a chance.’
Judge Potter added: ‘She had over 60 deals of drugs, including two class A drugs, worth well over £2,000.
‘She says she was approached by a group of unknown males and a knife was produced and she was told if she didn’t co-operate she would be stabbed.
‘I also consider the value of the drugs does not fit easily with an approach by strangers.
‘The most significant factor is her admissions when giving evidence that she was involved in dealing cannabis and has been involved in the drugs world for some time.
‘The messages on her phone show she had been dealing in cannabis four days earlier.
‘I am satisfied this is not an individual who had been selected at random and just happened to be someone who had been dealing in cannabis just days before.
‘I find she agreed to smuggle the drugs into the festival either to get money to fund her entry and living expenses or directly in return for some of the drugs.
‘She was not an innocent dupe, but a foolish and arrogant young woman.’
Police found Burden (pictured) had concealed inside a condom 27 wraps of ecstasy worth over £1,000 along with £600 worth of ketamine and £140 worth of cannabis
The court heard Burden was stopped as she walked through the turnstiles at the festival in Daresbury in Cheshire, last August.
Prosecutor William Douglas-Jones said: ‘She was singled out by a police drugs dog as she tried to get into the Creamfields Festival.
‘When she was challenged, she said she had an unknown quantity of drugs concealed internally, and was taken to a tent where she was asked to recover the package.
‘She said she had been asked by an unknown man to carry the drugs onto the site for him.
‘Three phones were also seized and there was evidence of drug supply on one of them.’
The court heard Burden (pictured) was stopped as she walked through the turnstiles at the festival in Daresbury in Cheshire, last August
Giving evidence, Burden told the court: ‘I was on my way in and got collared by four or five geezers who looked like gypsies.
‘A knife was pulled, a little flick blade.
‘They gave me a condom and a package.
‘It was wrapped in clingfilm, so I couldn’t see how much there was. I went into the Portaloo.
‘I put the drugs in the condom and put them inside me.’
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