A FORMBY man was caught transporting more than 2,000 canisters of the psychoactive substance, nitrous oxide
The 24-year-old claimed he had not known that the boxes containing the canisters were in the car he had borrowed, but on Monday, May 10 in Liverpool Crown Court, Kyle Rawcliffe admitted that he was being paid to be a courier.
Ken Grant, prosecuting, told the court that police stopped Rawcliffe just after midnight on December 21, 2019 in Netherton after he was seen driving a black Ford Fiesta without headlights on.
Inside the boot of the vehicle police found a total of 2,232 nitrous oxide canisters in boxes. Rawcliffe, of Spymers Croft, Formby, pleaded guilty to possessing psychoactive substance with intent to supply. He was given a nine month prison term suspended for 12 months.
Judge Stuart Driver, QC, told him: “I accept you were a courier but you did so accepting significant financial gain. An aggravating feature is that the quantity was high.
“References speak highly of the better aspects of your character and I accept there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation.”
As well as the suspended sentence he ordered him to carry out 40 days rehabilitation activities.
The court heard that Rawcliffe had been struggling to obtain employment which was why he agreed to act as a courier.