TWO drug dealers who masterminded a “sophisticated and large-scale conspiracy” to supply cannabis have been locked up.

Paul Jones made £55,000 in five months through trafficking in a racket he was involved in with his partner in crime Mark White.

The pair were each jailed for three years at Newport Crown Court while a third defendant, John Williams, was handed a suspended jail term.


Jones, aged 38, of Tegfan, Trecenydd, Caerphilly, and White, aged 34, of Shingrig Road, Nelson, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis and conspiracy to supply cannabis.

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Paul Jones

Williams, aged 38, of First Avenue, Trecenydd, Caerphilly, admitted the same charges.

Outside the court, Police Constable Rhys Jones, the officer in the case, said: “This was a sophisticated and large-scale conspiracy which took place in Caerphilly between January and May 2019.

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Mark White

“Officers seized a quantity of cannabis plants and cropped cannabis buds following drugs warrants at a number of addresses.

“Text messages from Jones and White’s phones indicated they were playing a lead role in the conspiracy.

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Police seized cannabis plants from Jones' home 

“Messages from Jones’ phone indicated he had sold a value of £55,000 worth of drugs in a five-month period.

“We welcome this sentencing and will continue to take action against those who supply illegal drugs in our communities. Please keep telling us your concerns about drug dealing.

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Drugs were recovered by officers

“Anyone with any information can call us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Jones and White will have to pay a £170 surcharge upon their release from prison.

Williams was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and must pay a £140 surcharge.

The trio are set to face a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing on May 11.