Newport dealer who hid heroin in trousers put behind bars
2:50pm Wednesday 7th August 2013 in News
A NEWPORT heroin dealer who sold the class-A drug to buy a motorbike has been locked up for two years.
Street dealer Matthew Williams, 19, concealed about four grammes of the drug in wraps between his buttocks when he was stopped in Newport, a court heard.
He then told police: “I’ve got to make a living somehow.
Have I got to go to prison for heroin?”, Newport Crown Court heard.
The court was told he already had five convictions and that he sold the drug in order to buy a motorcycle.
Judge Richard Williams sent him to a young offenders’ institution for two years.
He said: “I am prepared to accept he had no real concept of what he was doing.”
Williams was in the passenger seat of a Vauxhall Astra car near his home in Parry Drive, Newport, on January 24, the court heard.
Officers saw him put his hands down his trousers and detected a strong smell of cannabis in the car, the court heard.
They recovered some cannabis and the heroin concealed between his buttocks, the court heard.
Jeff Jones, defending, said his client had lost his way.
He told the court he was to some extent “naive” and was not heavily convicted.
Mr Jones added that he had not actually been caught dealing or with money, paraphernalia or dealers’ contacts at his home.
Williams pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a class-A drug with intent to supply and one count of possessing a class-B drug.
Judge Williams sentenced him to two years for the heroin charge, with no separate penalty for the cannabis possession.
The judge added that he must serve no more than half his sentence before he can be released on licence.
He also ordered him to pay a £100 surcharge which will be deducted from his earnings in the young offenders’ institution.
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