Newport 'street drug dealer' jailed 

A GWENT man who was labelled a "street dealer" by a judge is beginning a three-year prison sentence for possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

Gareth Brittan, 33, of Mountbatten Close, Ringland, Newport, pleaded guilty to the charge at a previous hearing at Cardiff Crown Court, though his version of the facts was rejected by the Recorder of Cardiff, Judge Eleri Rees.

Brittan had been found to be in possession of methadone belonging to someone else.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing extreme pornographic images, in the form of two videos found on his mobile phone when police examined it in connection with the drugs charge.

The sentencing hearing, again before Judge Rees, was told Brittan maintained that he had been sent the images by a fellow drug user and had been disgusted by them, but had not removed them from the phone.

He had had a drug problem for 10 years and an effort at rehabilitation in 2004 had proved partially successful, but he had relapsed, particularly in the past year.

Judge Rees told Brittan: "You are a street dealer, playing a signficant role in relation to that, but you are somewhere towards the bottom of the chain.

"Sadly, this is an all too common story. You first became a customer, then a dealer in order to sustain a habit."

In addition to the three-year sentence for the drug charge, Brittan was given a six-week sentence on the pornography charge, to run concurrently.

Judge Rees also ordered that the drugs and Brittan's mobile phone be destroyed.

 

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11:54am Sat 19 Jan 13

rhinestine says...

Scum bag...
Scum bag... rhinestine
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12:44pm Sat 19 Jan 13

jaggededge says...

dont worry one day he will overdose and die
dont worry one day he will overdose and die jaggededge
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1:22pm Sat 19 Jan 13

let em swing says...

Usually they get suspended sentences and an extra 25 quid to feed their habits, this guy will feel hard done by.
Usually they get suspended sentences and an extra 25 quid to feed their habits, this guy will feel hard done by. let em swing
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3:50pm Sat 19 Jan 13

ANON41 says...

good enough for him should of got longer
good enough for him should of got longer ANON41
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4:39pm Sat 19 Jan 13

scraptheWAG says...

one of labours little babbies
one of labours little babbies scraptheWAG
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7:23pm Sat 19 Jan 13

portforever says...

3 years ,not he be out in 2 years to peddle is crap all over again, off with his hands and legs is the answer.
3 years ,not he be out in 2 years to peddle is crap all over again, off with his hands and legs is the answer. portforever
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12:57am Sun 20 Jan 13

ej1986 says...

this little scumbag didnt get long enough when a neighbour died he was in there house robbing it the same day he is as sly as a fox 30 years wouldnt be enough for him.
this little scumbag didnt get long enough when a neighbour died he was in there house robbing it the same day he is as sly as a fox 30 years wouldnt be enough for him. ej1986
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1:24pm Sun 20 Jan 13

gingertom says...

just saw this on the PCC website:

Draft Police and Crime Plan Consultation

As the Police and Crime Commissioner, I am responsible for representing the people of Gwent and ensuring that the service provided by the police is efficient and effective.

In doing this, I appoint the Chief Constable and hold her to account, set the force budget and precept, regularly engage with the public and communities, and am required to produce a police and crime plan for Gwent. The Chief Constable has sole responsibility for operational matters.

Throughout 2012, we consulted with the public and strategic partners on the proposed police and crime priorities and the results have been used in the production of the first draft police and crime plan for Gwent.

Whilst we previously gave you an opportunity to comment on these priorities, I believe it is important that you have the chance to tell us what you think of the draft plan. This can be downloaded below and your comments and suggestions should be sent to us using the accompanying response form.

Draft Police and Crime Plan 2013-2017

Police and Crime Plan Consultation - Response Form

Results of Police and Crime Priorities Consultation

Should you require a hard copy of the draft plan and response form, or have any questions or queries, please contact us on 01633 643001 or by e-mail as below.

The closing date for responses is Friday 8th February 2013. Please send responses to Commissioner@gwent.p
nn.police.uk, or by post to:

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Police Headquarters
Croesyceiliog
Cwmbran
Torfaen
NP44 2XJ

Comments received during this consultation period will be considered as part of the on-going development of the police and crime plan which, once finalised, will be published on our website.

Thank you for taking the time to comment on the first police and crime plan for Gwent.
just saw this on the PCC website: Draft Police and Crime Plan Consultation As the Police and Crime Commissioner, I am responsible for representing the people of Gwent and ensuring that the service provided by the police is efficient and effective. In doing this, I appoint the Chief Constable and hold her to account, set the force budget and precept, regularly engage with the public and communities, and am required to produce a police and crime plan for Gwent. The Chief Constable has sole responsibility for operational matters. Throughout 2012, we consulted with the public and strategic partners on the proposed police and crime priorities and the results have been used in the production of the first draft police and crime plan for Gwent. Whilst we previously gave you an opportunity to comment on these priorities, I believe it is important that you have the chance to tell us what you think of the draft plan. This can be downloaded below and your comments and suggestions should be sent to us using the accompanying response form. Draft Police and Crime Plan 2013-2017 Police and Crime Plan Consultation - Response Form Results of Police and Crime Priorities Consultation Should you require a hard copy of the draft plan and response form, or have any questions or queries, please contact us on 01633 643001 or by e-mail as below. The closing date for responses is Friday 8th February 2013. Please send responses to Commissioner@gwent.p nn.police.uk, or by post to: The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Police Headquarters Croesyceiliog Cwmbran Torfaen NP44 2XJ Comments received during this consultation period will be considered as part of the on-going development of the police and crime plan which, once finalised, will be published on our website. Thank you for taking the time to comment on the first police and crime plan for Gwent. gingertom
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9:58pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Dai Rear says...

"extreme pornographic images"-a piece of blairbrown bad law. can't it just be repealed now? We really need to put behind us 13 of the worst ever years of our island's history. And methadone? I'd have thought that was hard to flog , given that every junkie can have this rather poor heroin substitute prescribed at our expense, oh dear fellow taxpayer.
Gingertom-does that mean I can't be Chief Constable, because I'm not a "she"?
"extreme pornographic images"-a piece of blairbrown bad law. can't it just be repealed now? We really need to put behind us 13 of the worst ever years of our island's history. And methadone? I'd have thought that was hard to flog , given that every junkie can have this rather poor heroin substitute prescribed at our expense, oh dear fellow taxpayer. Gingertom-does that mean I can't be Chief Constable, because I'm not a "she"? Dai Rear
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2:04pm Mon 21 Jan 13

whatintheworld says...

It bothers me how the word habit is being used. Granted this guy is a scum bag and it's good to get him off the streets, but can't we call it what it is - an addiction.
It bothers me how the word habit is being used. Granted this guy is a scum bag and it's good to get him off the streets, but can't we call it what it is - an addiction. whatintheworld
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