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Debt-laden Carlisle cocaine courier jailed for two years

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] DEBT-laden cocaine user who became a drugs runner and dabbled in dealing has been sent to prison.

Michael David Cameron’s offending emerged after he overtook an unmarked police car at speed on the M6 near Penrith on August 25. When stopped, Cameron appeared “fidgety”, and was “shaking and sweating”. The vehicle had no insurance, was seized and almost 30g of class A cocaine – valued at £1,188 – was found stashed under a spare wheel.

Analysis of the 30-year-old’s mobile phone also revealed “incoming and outgoing messages that related to the sale of cocaine”. He had even offered “a few spare lines” to someone the day after his police stoppage, the court heard.

Cameron was jailed today (THURS) having admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply. Described as an “intelligent” working man of previous good character, he had run up a £2,300-plus debt having begun to use the drug after a relationship breakdown.

Marion Weir, defending Cameron, of Hebden Avenue, Carlisle, told the court: “He felt trapped. He was issued threats in relation to what would happen to him if he didn’t reduce the debt. He agreed to do the drugs run and was found by police.”

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