Penycae plumber became drug courier after losing job

Published date: 06 February 2014 |
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A MAN who acted as a delivery driver for a drug dealer after he lost his job as a plumber has been given a suspended sentence.

Ashley James Massingham, 25, of Ffordd Llanerch, Penycae, was paid £40-a-day to deliver cannabis to a list of people he was given.

Massingham was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after he was charged with possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class B and possession of a class C controlled drug.

Massingham pleaded guilty to both charges at Wrexham Magistrates Court.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said police officers went to Massingham’s home on September 3 after a call on an unrelated matter.

Massingham was in the bath and officers entered through an unlocked door.

They smelled cannabis and saw several foil wraps on the kitchen worktop along with other drugs paraphernalia.

Massingham was arrested and a further search uncovered a quantity of class C steroids discovered along with £300 cash and what was described as a “deal list”.

Nine wraps of cannabis weighing 15.9 grams each were found in total, with a street value of £112.28.

A set of electronic weighing scales were also seized from the property.

In interview Massingham told police he was offered £300 by a friend for “a couple of weeks’ work”, after recently losing his job as a plumber.

He was given a deal list and a mobile phone each morning and would then return the phone and the list to the main dealer later in the day.

Massingham added the steriods found at the property were for personal use to improve his physique for bodybuilding contests.

Andy Holliday, defending, said Massingham was a hard-working man who worked since he was 15.

He said: “We are obviously dealing with a very small amount. Effectively he was a delivery man, he had a lesser role.

“He doesn’t have any knowledge of how widespread or how many other peope were involved.

“He was told: ‘This is where you go and this is what you do’.”

Chairman of magistrates, Jerry O’Keefe, said there was “no doubt” Massingham played a “significant role” in the operation.

As well as the suspended sentence, Mr O’Keefe also imposed a 12-month community order with a 150-hour unpaid work requirement.

They also ordered Massingham to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

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