Dealers caught with £13,000 of cocaine in their Land Rover

30 07月
作者:admin|分类:sport|标签:Courts Swansea Swansea Crown Court Uplands Portmead Penlan Crime South Wales Police

Two cocaine dealers were caught driving around Swansea in a Land Rover with £13,000 worth of cocaine and £1,000 in cash, a court has heard.

Both Ryan Dean Morgan and Joshua Dennis had only recently been released from prison on licence when the plain clothes police swooped.

As well as drugs and cash, the officers recovered mobile phones full of messages about selling and buying cocaine, including one which mentioned exchanging sexual favours for cocaine.

Swansea Crown Court heard that on the afternoon of May 21 this year undercover police were patrolling the Uplands area of the city in an unmarked car.

Ashanti-Jade Walton, prosecuting, said the officers became suspicious of two men in red a Land Rover on Bernard Street, and decided to follow it.

When the 4x4 stopped nearby the officers approached the vehicle - prompting the two men inside to begin to try to "conceal items in their trousers".

The court heard police searched the defendants and the Land Rover, and recovered numerous zip-seal bags containing wraps of cocaine with a total weight on 260 grams.

Miss Walton said police estimated the drugs could be worth up to  £12,950 if sold as street deals.

Morgan was found to have £376 in cash on him, while his passenger Dennis had £650.

The court heard police also seized the men's mobile phones which contained text messages relating to the buying and selling of cocaine including one about having to use a bicycle because the police were "sniffing around the unit", and another asking whether sexual favours could be exchanged for drugs.

Morgan, aged 28, of Conway Road, Penlan, Swansea, and 26-year-old Dennis, of Caeconna Road, Potmead, Swansea, had both previously pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply, and to the possession of criminal property - the cash found on them - when they appeared together in the dock via videolink for sentencing.

Both defendants were out of prison on licence at the time of their arrests - Morgan had been sentenced to 26 months for handling stolen property in January 2019, while Dennis had been sentenced to three years for a drug trafficking offence in December 2019.

Jon Tarrant, for Morgan, said the dad of a two-year-old girl realised he needed to tackle the drug addiction which had led to his life of offending.

Rhodri Chudleigh, for Dennis, said his client "acknowledges he left himself down, and his family".

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Judge Paul Thomas QC told the defendants the police had caught them red-handed as they went out dealing, and it was clear from the messages found on their phones that they had been "active in selling cocaine in the area for some time".

The judge said those who dealt in Class A drugs knew the consequences if caught, but were prepared to take the "gamble" that the money they could earn would be recompense them. He added: "It is my job to make sure that is not an attractive proposition for the future."

Giving the defendants a one-third discount for their guilty pleas he sentenced Morgan to three years and four months, and Dennis to four years.

The defendants will serve up to a half of those terms in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

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