TWO drug dealers were jailed for a combined total of nearly seven years after they pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine.

Luke Walshe, 22, of Walford Davies Drive, Newport, and Jordan Harding, 23, of Vermeer Crescent, Newport, were locked up at Cardiff Crown Court.

Both defendants admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis.

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Luke Walshe

The offences were committed in Newport on September 22, 2019.


Walshe was jailed for four years by Judge Daniel Williams.

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Jordan Harding

Harding was sent to prison for two years and eight months.

They were ordered to pay a £181 victim surcharge after their release from custody.

Outside the court, DC Alistair Frame, the officer in the case, said: “Drugs have no place in our society. They can often ruin lives and can have a huge detrimental impact on our communities.

“Quantities of cannabis and cocaine were discovered, after a search of the vehicle when officers stopped these individuals in Newport’s Old Barn Estate.

“More drugs were later discovered on Harding and the examination of both defendant’s mobile phones revealed their involvement in the supply of cocaine.

“Harding and Walshe took the decision to involve themselves in drug dealing; they are now facing the consequence of their actions.

“Hopefully these substantial sentences will deter others who wish to involve themselves in the supply of drugs. We welcome the decision of the court to hand down these terms.

“Gwent Police is committed to tackling this form of illegal activity in our communities. We will continue to bring offenders who are caught in the drug supply chain in our communities to justice.

“If you’re concerned about drug supply in your area, report it to us.”