provide a “safe house”. But this did not save him from incarceration at Teesside Crown Court, the Teeside Gazette reported. Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, sentenced him to two years and eight months in jail said: “It’s a very sad case.” He told Gill: “I’m quite satisfied, having read everything about you and having witnessed you in the dock, that you are
naive and vulnerable and exploited by others. Defendant: Macauley Gill was jailed for a cocaine and amphetamine haul (Image: Gazette Live) “But of course you knew exactly what you were getting involved in. “What you were involved in is the supply of drugs to a very high level.” He said Gill was selected as an “ideal candidate” not on the police’s radar with a drug debt.
He said he was confident Gill’s flat was used to cut, package and distribute cocaine - though Gill was not part of that. He added: “I have witnessed myself the impact of this upon you and your family. But this is a serious offence. It cannot possibly overlooked.” Stash: More than 860,000 of cocaine and
amphetamines was found in his fridge (Image: Gazette Live) Gill got into debt and allowed dealers to use his flat to store their stock. He was “scared to death” as a round of ammunition was delivered to his door as a “warning”, the court was told. Police found the stash by chance as a vehicle and theft inquiry led officers to Gill’s door on Cheshire Road, Norton. Officers smelled cannabis and Gill told them: “I’ve got something in my pocket that’s going to get me into a lot of trouble.” He was handcuffed, searched and found in possession of white powder, said prosecutor Rachel Masters. A search of the home revealed seven 2kg packages of 35 per cent to 42 per cent-pure amphetamine with an estimated street value of 838,160. Officers found a wooden box containing 477g of cocaine which, if separated into street deals, was potentially worth 27,717. Exploited: Gill got into debt and was exploited by drug dealers (Image: Gazette Live) They
also discovered cutting agent, bags and scales carrying traces of cocaine. The bullet was found in a drawer. Ms Masters said Gill’s fingerprint was found on packaging which appeared to be for kilo deals. Gill admitted possessing Class A and B drugs with intent to supply and possession of ammunition - his first offences. He allowed an associate keys to his home, came back from holiday to find drugs in his freezer and was told not to touch them. He was visibly anxious and distraught throughout the sentencing hearing. Andrew Turton, defending, said someone else put the amphetamines in Gill’s fridge and he was not involved in drug distribution. Gill was described as thoughtful, considerate and intelligent but naive, vulnerable, lacking in confidence and “pliable to anyone who decided to take advantage of him”. He “lost his way” living alone and was targeted as he took cannabis and owed 100 for drugs. Mr Turton said: “He was used by someone who was criminally sophisticated. Naive: A Judge recognised he was exploited but still jailed him (Image: Gazette Live) “He got sucked into that and once it started he couldn’t stop. “He was scared to death to do anything about it.” The fear was reinforced by the bullet and his mother’s window being put through, and he spiralled into deeper trouble. Since his arrest he moderated his drug use, planned to ta
ke a psychology degree and his family rallied around him. Mr Turton asked the court to c
onsider a suspended prison term, adding: “He’s no鲜在王中王价格 t coming to this court again. The message is clear.”