A MAN who was caught transporting more than £12,000 of heroin to West Yorkshire in a bid to pay off gambling debts has been jailed.
Christopher McGuffie was stopped by police as he drove eastbound along the M62 though Leeds, near to junction 30.
Paul Nicholson, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court how officers asked McGuffie if he had anything illegal in the car and he replied: “I don’t know. Not that I know of.”
Officers searched the vehicle at Normanton police station and found 245gms of heroin.
Mr Nicholson said the drug had a street value of £12,250.
Cocaine worth £520 was also found in the vehicle.
McGuffie, 22, was interviewed and told officers he had been asked to go to Liverpool to collect a package but didn’t know what was in it.
McGuffie said he agreed to act as a courier for £300.
The court heard motorway cameras appeared to show McGuffie driving in convoy with another vehicle during his journey from Merseyside. McGuffie pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.
Lucy Brown, mitigating, said McGuffie had behaved out of character and only agreed to become involved due to gambling debts.
She said McGuffie had moved away from the community where he had got himself into trouble.
McGuffie, now of Hilary House, Doncaster, was given a three-year sentence.
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “It is a tragedy to find a young man like you in the dock of the Crown Court having pleaded guilty to these matters.
“It gives me no pleasure at all to send you to prison, which I am bound to do. It is a vile and pernicious trade. Why a young man like you would become involved in this beggars belief.”