Secret Garden Party drug dealer to serve eight years in jail

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A man has been jailed after he was caught with more than £1,000 worth of cash and drugs at the Secret Garden Party in 2017.

Maxwell Silwano (27) appeared at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday (January 25) after he was found guilty of numerous drugs offences.

Maxwell Silwano

Maxwell Silwano

The court heard how officers stopped him and two friends because they matched the description of three men who had stolen from a tent two days previous.

Silwano, of Lydford Close, Hackney, had £350 worth of cocaine, £180 worth of ketamine, £160 worth of MDMA and £375 in cash. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment for two counts of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.

He was also handed an extra six months imprisonment, to run consecutively, for a conviction for possession of a knife in Wood Green, North London, and all the sentences will run consecutively with a four year sentence he received for attempted robbery in November at Bristol Crown Court.

Sgt Eliot Ducket said: “Drugs can have devastating effects on people’s lives and his sentence reflects how seriously we and the courts take offences like these.

“Silwano travelled up from London specifically to target festival-goers and I hope this serves as a deterrent to anybody with similar ideas.”

The Secret Garden Party was held in Abbots Ripton close to Huntingdon before closing.