A FATHER-of-four from Pontypool has been jailed for nearly four years after admitting to a string of drug-related offences.

Nicholas Myles, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to supply, three counts of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply, and a further count of producing a class B drug, namely 18 cannabis plants, at Cardiff Crown Court.

The court heard how Myles, of Garth Close in Trevethin, had become addicted to cocaine and was indebted to other drug dealers following the break-up of his 15-year marriage early last year.

Police searched his home on two occasions in August and September 2013 and found pills, a large bowl of white paste, and vegetable matter.

A number of mobile phones were also found at the property with messages suggesting involvement in drug dealing.

Myles told police that some white powder found at the property were so-called “legal highs” which he had bought off auction website eBay.

He also told police he had found the cannabis while walking his dog and was keeping the amphetamine safe for a friend. But he later admitted to the offences.

Nearly six grams of cocaine was found at the property, with an estimated worth of between £350 and £1,800. The amount of cannabis found, not including the 18 plants seized by police, was worth an estimated £1,470 to £2,830. Other drugs found at the house included amphetamine, which was worth £195 to £390.

In mitigation, Gareth Williams said: “After the break-up of his relationship at the start of last year, he spiralled into taking drugs himself and became indebted to others.

“Once in that trap, he wasn’t able to get out of it.

“He was relatively vulnerable and at a low ebb.

“He had lost his family. He is remorseful for what he has done. It was a short-term thing that was happening. This has caused him some great personal turmoil.”

But sentencing Myles, Judge Rhys Rowlands said: “The offences came to light after two searches by the police at your home in Pontypool.

“You were on bail at the time of the second search, where they found a significant amount of drugs.

“You continued to supply even after your bail.”

He sentenced Myles to a total of 44 months’ imprisonment.