Leeds Festival-goer hid £2,000 worth of cocaine, MDMA and ketamine in Kinder Eggs under tent after security guards caught him inhaling gas from balloons

A man tried to hide over £2,000 worth of drugs concealed in Kinder Egg capsules under a tent as he was chased by security staff at Leeds Festival.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 6:00 am

Lewis Helim attracted the attention of security staff when they saw him inhaling gas from balloons at the event on August 23, 2019.

Leeds Crown Court heard the officers formed the view he had been taking drugs and he was asked to empty his pockets.

Caroline Abrahams, prosecuting, said Helim tried to run away and hid four Kinder Egg capsules under a tent.

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Leeds Crown Court

The items were recovered and were found to contain 144 MDMA tablets, 25 packages of cocaine and 14 packages of ketamine.

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The defendant's mobile phone was analysed but no text messages could be found to indicate he had been selling drugs to others.

Helim was interviewed and told police he was a heavy drug user.

He said the drugs were for his own use but he planned to share them with his girlfriend while at the festival.

Helim, 24, of Ferguson Road, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine, MDMA and ketamine with intent to supply.

Anna Bond, mitigating, said Helim admitted the offences at the earliest opportunity and co-operated with the police investigation.

The barrister said Helim ran away from security staff as he panicked.

She added that Helim had turned his life around since the incident and has stayed out of trouble.

Helim was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

He was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £600 costs.