Drug dealers jailed for three years for cocaine haul

South Wales Argus: Daniel Laws Daniel Laws

MORE than £6,500 worth of cocaine and £11,000 in cash was recovered from two Pontypool drug dealers and their accomplice.

Daniel Laws 22, of Lancaster Road, and Samuel Evans, 23, of Austin Road, were each jailed for three years at Cardiff Crown Court after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Zoe Carter, 20, of Lancaster Close, pleaded guilty to the charge on the basis she was found in possession of some of the cocaine, but was not involved in dealing.

She was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and 100 hours of unpaid work.

Prosecuting, Hywel Hughes said the charges relate to a period between June 28 and August 15 last year.

Police went to a house in Austin Road on July 1 last year when Evans and Carter, who were previously in a relationship, arrived.

In the property, plastic bags were found on a table which police made out to be packs of drugs ready for onward supply. They also found smaller amounts of the drug as well as cash, a credit card and a list of names.

Mr Hughes said the street value of the drugs recovered from the plastic bags on the table was £5,800.

Police recovered 237.81g of cocaine at the property and 27.3g of cocaine was also found in Carter’s handbag, worth £700-£900.

All the cocaine had been cut with benzocaine and the fingerprints of Laws and Evans were found on the bags.

On July 15, Laws was seen by police at Kemp Park, Newport, with a bag stuffed down the front of his trousers. He ran off and had disposed of the bag by the time police caught up.

A member of the public found the plastic bag, containing £7,810 in cash, in a wheelie bin. DNA tests matched it to Laws. Mr Hughes said a further £3,230 was also recovered from Laws.

In a separate incident at Delilah’s nightclub on August 14, police found 1.52g of cocaine cut with benzocaine on the floor near Laws, who was with another man. Officers went to his home and found a food blender used to mix drugs.

Defending Evans, Owen Williams said he acknowledged the seriousness of the offending. Representing Laws, David Elias said he was "an extremely naive individual".

For Carter, Hilary Roberts said she had not been involved in any dealing.

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing will be heard at a later date.

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