PS42k of cocaine found in a van.
Byline: Gareth Lightfoot Court Reporter email@example.com
A DRUGS courier involved in the transport of 2kg of high-purity cocaine to Teesside is behind bars for four years today. Jason Singleton, 40, was embroiled in a plot for drug traf-fickers to bring cocaine into Teesside from Humberside and Merseyside for onward distribution.
Prosecutor Paul Cleasby told how Singleton drove from Nottinghamshire to the outskirts of Leeds, where he took a package out of a Vauxhall Insignia and put it into a VW Caddy van.
The van was driven back to Middlesbrough on the afternoon of October 27 last year. Hours later police searched a Middlesbrough home and found the van, with two kilo bags of 77%-pure cocaine behind the front passenger seat.
The drugs were worth PS42,000, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Two days later Singleton was caught with 1.32kg of amphetamine in a Vauxhall Insignia stopped by traffic police on the A1035 between Beverley and Hornsea.
Singleton, of Maun Close, Retford, Nottinghamshire, admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possessing amphetamine with intent to supply.
He said he undertook the delivery of a parcel of cocaine, for which he was paid a modest sum. He maintained the cocaine drop was a one-off transaction as a simple courier.
Mr Cleasby said there was no suggestion Singleton was pressured, coerced or naive.
Christopher Knox, defending, said: "This is a man who's been out of trouble for the best part of 20 years. The reality of it is that this man was a courier. He's the man who took the risks.
"He is not saying he didn't know what he was doing. He's very much under direction."
He said Singleton, who worked in Holland for much of his life, played a lesser role.
The court heard Singleton had a "miserable background" and suffered nightmares and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder following the trauma of a cellmate killing himself.
Judge Peter Armstrong told Singleton: "I'm quite satisfied your role as a courier is a signifi-cant one. Any courier plays a significant role in a conspiracy.
"These offences are so serious only custody can be justified for them."
He jailed Singleton for four years.
Drugs courier Jason Singleton, 40, was jailed for four years
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|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Sep 17, 2015|
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