Man who walked in on police search caught with £3k of cocaine
A NEWPORT man has been jailed after he was found in possession of crack cocaine with a street value of more than £3,000 when he happened to interrupt a drug raid.
Jamie Mahoney, of Campion Close, Allt-yr-yn, Newport, pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug, with intent to sell. He appeared before Newport Crown Court for sentence on Monday.
The court heard that on November 22, 2013, Gwent Police officers were carrying out a drug warrant at a property in Broadmead Park, Lliswerry. Whilst the warrant was under way, Mahoney happened to knock on the door.
He was detained in the front garden and officers found a cling film wrap on him containing 20.7g of cocaine with a purity of 24 per cent.
Officers then attended and searched Mahoney’s flat in Campion Close where, with his assistance, they recovered 11.1g of cocaine of 71 per cent purity. A set of weighing scales contaminated with cocaine was also found.
The total amount of crack cocaine seized was estimated to have a street value of £3,200. The 24-year-old has no previous convictions and the defence asked the judge to take into consideration the fact Mahoney was acting under direction.
Defence barrister Mark Battrick said: “He is full of regret.”
He told the court Mahoney had lost his job in October, which resulted in financial difficulties and played a major part in how he fell into these offences.
Judge Thomas Crowther QC said: “It’s overwhelmingly obvious that your house was being used as a preparation station for the cutting and distribution of drugs.
“It’s a shame that you have come here today with a good work history until unemployment led you to dire financial circumstances.
“You were working under direction but your role was a significant one.”
Mahoney was given full credit for his early guilty plea and sentenced to 18 months, half of which is to be served in custody and half on licence.
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