Convicted Armed Robber Caught With £500K Worth Of Cocaine Says He "Was Bullied Into It"

A convicted armed robber who was caught with £500,000 worth of cocaine in his car following a high-speed chase told police he was "bullied into doing stuff by someone."

Ashley Makin Farnworth
Ashley Makin, 32, was jailed for 6 years and 8 months

32-year-old Ashley Makin, who has a previous conviction for a violent armed robbery at a Mcdonald's restaurant in Stockport, was travelling alone on the M6 northbound towards Penrith, Cumbria, in his black Vauxhall Insignia just before 3pm on Friday, July 1.

Tim Evans, prosecuting, told Carlisle Crown Court that the car Makin was driving "had a light out" and "police noted the speed of the vehicle was going up and down. They decided to stop it."

Mr Evans added: "Rather than stopping, the Insignia driver failed to do so and accelerated away, reaching speeds exceeding 110mph. A second police vehicle became involved and undertook it, preventing it from turning off at Junction 39."

When police managed to force Makin to pull over, they asked him if he had anything in the vehicle, to which he replied, "I've been bullied into doing stuff by someone."

When searching the vehicle, officers found a black bag containing five 1kg blocks of cocaine.

A police narcotics expert estimated that if the drugs were of high purity they would bring between £400,000 and £500,000 on the street.

Mr Evans told the court: "This is a very high-value cargo and clearly was trusted to someone who the criminal organisation took as loyal and trusted."

At the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Judge Simon Medland, told Makin: "It is a regrettable feature of my job that, if not quite every day, then several times a week, I find myself having to observe, often to young men like you, that class A drugs destroy people's lives.

"They destroy the lives of those who take them. They break up families. They corrode society. They destroy people's mental health and their mental well-being and, I suggest, you are a prime example of that.

"Almost inevitably it is lads like you that get caught and not the lads at the top. You pay for that by having to spend years looking at a prison cell wall."

Ashley Makin, of Cawdor Court, Farnworth, was jailed for a total of six years and eight months.

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