Newport drug dealer jailed after police find gun

JAILED: John Mahon was jailed for more than six years

JAILED: John Mahon was jailed for more than six years

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A NEWPORT drug dealer who was caught with a sawn-off shotgun in a cupboard at his house has been jailed for more than six years.

John Mahon, 42, of Hereford Court, Caerleon, claimed he found the gun buried beneath a tree and took it home as he was worried for his safety when men from Liverpool visited weekly to collect money for a drug debt.

Last month, Mahon pleaded guilty to possessing an altered firearm without a certificate on January 29 this year and being concerned in the supply of diamorphine between November 1, 2013, and January 30 this year.

At his sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday, for which Mahon appeared via video link, prosecutor David Pugh told the court that on January 29 police found the double-barrelled shotgun, which had been shortened to 18-and-a-half inches, in a boiler cupboard at Mahon’s house.

They also found a pipe which had been used to smoke heroin and 42g of powder which proved to be caffeine and paracetamol, a cutting agent for diamorphine costing £700 per kilo.

Under a carpet they found a dealer’s list.

“He used heroin and supplied heroin to others to fund his habit and to repay old drug debts,” said Mr Pugh.

Georgina Buckley, mitigating, said Mahon, who abstained from drugs for ten years but relapsed two years ago, had a “significant addiction” but had used his time on remand wisely and had joined a drug intervention programme.

He made full admissions to the police at the scene and during interview and there was no evidence he had fired the weapon.

Judge Neil Bidder said the only purpose for shortening a gun is for “easier concealment” and said Mahon had a history of carrying weapons.

“You are a particularly dangerous offender,” he said. “This was not an unprofessional or unsophisticated operation.”

Judge Bidder sentenced Mahon to 40 months in prison for each offence to be served consecutively, amounting to six years and eight months of which he must serve half.

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11:17am Mon 17 Mar 14

ncfcr says...

He looks like a character from Thunderbirds whose head has been melted a little bit.
He looks like a character from Thunderbirds whose head has been melted a little bit. ncfcr
  • Score: 8

7:10pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Robodad says...

Isn't that lucky, he found a sawn off shotgun under a tree just at the time he was feeling frightened for his own safety!
Isn't that lucky, he found a sawn off shotgun under a tree just at the time he was feeling frightened for his own safety! Robodad
  • Score: 10

7:46pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Limestonecowboy says...

How many more warnings on the danger of drugs addiction could of developed from addition to cannabis yet theres argument for its legalisation!
How many more warnings on the danger of drugs addiction could of developed from addition to cannabis yet theres argument for its legalisation! Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 1

9:44pm Mon 17 Mar 14

dont claim to be nice says...

Gwent police and another one of their corrupt forces charges !
1 you have visited this person at many of his addresses for many things so why now ?? shows just incapable how gwent police are !

2 drug dealer , you having a laugh and please post anything of how he was living beyond his means ?? Gwent police you allow KIDS to drive around £40-000 vehicles and never done a days work but once you hear gwent police work for some criminals ,well !

3 Damian lynn we will now take that was in gwent officers words " NEARLY KILLED " and he made no statement but Damian lynn then goes and robs a girl and in doing so breaks her arm ( mr lynn with over 200 convictions ) but gwent police don't care about getting Damian lynn of the street for robbing and breaking a girls arm but instead says ( Mr Lynn tell us who stabbed you and you get bail ) and Mr.Lynn did ! Since when are the police judge, jury and prosecution ??

4 Gwent police bang on about drugs but anyone under the freedom of information act put a request in and ask how many officers have been drug tested within five years, it will come back none or a handfull. We know gwent officers use drugs so its just rubbish and the argus maybe get facts and background before posting such dribble daily
Gwent police and another one of their corrupt forces charges ! 1 you have visited this person at many of his addresses for many things so why now ?? shows just incapable how gwent police are ! 2 drug dealer , you having a laugh and please post anything of how he was living beyond his means ?? Gwent police you allow KIDS to drive around £40-000 vehicles and never done a days work but once you hear gwent police work for some criminals ,well ! 3 Damian lynn we will now take that was in gwent officers words " NEARLY KILLED " and he made no statement but Damian lynn then goes and robs a girl and in doing so breaks her arm ( mr lynn with over 200 convictions ) but gwent police don't care about getting Damian lynn of the street for robbing and breaking a girls arm but instead says ( Mr Lynn tell us who stabbed you and you get bail ) and Mr.Lynn did ! Since when are the police judge, jury and prosecution ?? 4 Gwent police bang on about drugs but anyone under the freedom of information act put a request in and ask how many officers have been drug tested within five years, it will come back none or a handfull. We know gwent officers use drugs so its just rubbish and the argus maybe get facts and background before posting such dribble daily dont claim to be nice
  • Score: 3

9:10am Tue 18 Mar 14

ncfcr says...

Limestonecowboy wrote:
How many more warnings on the danger of drugs addiction could of developed from addition to cannabis yet theres argument for its legalisation!
Isn't that the point though? If it was legal, you wouldn't have the crime alongside it.

It's the people involved that make it dangerous, not the drug itself. The people involved at the moment are involved because it is easy money.
[quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: How many more warnings on the danger of drugs addiction could of developed from addition to cannabis yet theres argument for its legalisation![/p][/quote]Isn't that the point though? If it was legal, you wouldn't have the crime alongside it. It's the people involved that make it dangerous, not the drug itself. The people involved at the moment are involved because it is easy money. ncfcr
  • Score: 0

10:45am Tue 18 Mar 14

Thor at the door says...

A scum bag. Jails should be like in Korea, a hole with them all thrown in together, bread and water 3x a day
A scum bag. Jails should be like in Korea, a hole with them all thrown in together, bread and water 3x a day Thor at the door
  • Score: 0

2:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ncfcr says...

ncfcr wrote:
Limestonecowboy wrote:
How many more warnings on the danger of drugs addiction could of developed from addition to cannabis yet theres argument for its legalisation!
Isn't that the point though? If it was legal, you wouldn't have the crime alongside it.

It's the people involved that make it dangerous, not the drug itself. The people involved at the moment are involved because it is easy money.
For repeat offenders, most definitely.

First time in jail and you're given help, a genuine attempt to rehabilitate.

Second time, you're treated with scpetism and, because it's your second custodial sentence, the sentence is doubled.

Third time, and you've blown it. Sentences are trebled, and you're sent out to labour for the government and national companies and actually pay something back to the society you seemingly don't want to be a part of.

Fourth time, and they send you to Pontypool.
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: How many more warnings on the danger of drugs addiction could of developed from addition to cannabis yet theres argument for its legalisation![/p][/quote]Isn't that the point though? If it was legal, you wouldn't have the crime alongside it. It's the people involved that make it dangerous, not the drug itself. The people involved at the moment are involved because it is easy money.[/p][/quote]For repeat offenders, most definitely. First time in jail and you're given help, a genuine attempt to rehabilitate. Second time, you're treated with scpetism and, because it's your second custodial sentence, the sentence is doubled. Third time, and you've blown it. Sentences are trebled, and you're sent out to labour for the government and national companies and actually pay something back to the society you seemingly don't want to be a part of. Fourth time, and they send you to Pontypool. ncfcr
  • Score: 0

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