Cocaine shame of ex-jockey

A former Newmarket jockey, who a judge said was an “important cog” in a supply chain bringing cocaine and cannabis to the town from Liverpool, has begun a three-year jail term.

Twenty-four-year-old Michael Geran was caught with drugs in his car when he was pulled over by police in October last year.

Geran, of Periman Close, Newmarket, had pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis at an earlier court hearing.

On Tuesday, Ipswich Crown Court heard that he had been involved in helping to ferry drugs from Liverpool to Newmarket.

Mitigating Archie Mackay said his client had made “a terrible mistake.”

He said Geran’s childhood dream of becoming a jockey had been shattered when he grew too tall.

He had turned to drugs, partly to help keep his weight in check.

Mr McKay said that Geran, who had serious money problems and had become heavily overdrawn at his bank, was hard working and had recently been earning a living riding out for local trainer.

Jailing him, Judge David Goodin told Geran that he had been “an important cog in the machinery of supply.”

He added: “This is a serious case of possession with intent to supply cocaine.”