‘SORT YOUR LIFE OUT’

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - LIZ DAY liz.day@waleson­line.co.uk

A DRUG dealer has been told by a judge that he still has time to sort his life out after be­ing jailed for pos­sess­ing am­phet­a­mine with in­tent to sup­ply.

Robert Evans, who had 28 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drug of­fend­ing, walked away when he was ap­proached by a po­lice of­fi­cer in Brid­gend town cen­tre.

Speak­ing at Cardiff Crown Court, prose­cu­tor Leah Pol­lard said the de­fen­dant had a “pro­lific” crim­i­nal record.

The court heard a po­lice com­mu­nity sup­port of­fi­cer no­ticed Evans “act­ing sus­pi­ciously” at around 3.20pm on Jan­uary 24.

A po­lice con­sta­ble, who was on duty in plain clothes, ap­proached the de­fen­dant but he walked off. The of­fi­cer no­ticed he ap­peared “ag­i­tated” and would not make eye con­tact.

He searched the de­fen­dant and found a zip lock bag in his chest pocket con­tain­ing six in­di­vid­ual wraps of white pow­der.

Evans stated it was am­phet­a­mine and replied to the cau­tion: “It’s for per­sonal use.”

His phone was seized and found to con­tain mes­sages re­lat­ing to drug sup­ply.

Of­fi­cers found weigh­ing scales and small clear plas­tic bags at his home ad­dress.

When he was in­ter­viewed, Evans ac­cepted he may have walked away from the po­lice of­fi­cer, ei­ther be­cause he did not hear him, or be­cause he knew he was carrying drugs.

The court heard he had 28 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drug-re­lated of­fend­ing from 1999 to 2015, in­clud­ing two for drug sup­ply.

Prose­cu­tors said he had been be­fore the courts for 140 pre­vi­ous of­fences.

He was jailed for three years in June 2016 for bur­glary and re­leased on li­cence in Septem­ber, mean­ing he was on li­cence at the time of this of­fence.

The court heard 17.7g of am­phet­a­mine was re­cov­ered with a street value of £110.

Evans, 48, who does not have a fixed ad­dress, ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing am­phet­a­mine with in­tent to sup­ply.

Rho­dri Chudleigh, de­fend­ing, said his client ex­pected to have a sup­port net­work in place when he was re­leased on li­cence, but he did not.

He told the court Evans’ drug prob­lems “spi­ralled out of con­trol”.

Mr Chudleigh said his client is af­fected by de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety and was deal­ing to fund his own ad­dic­tion.

Evans was jailed for a year and an or­der was made for the drugs to be de­stroyed.

Recorder Cather­ine Brown told him: “You still have time to sort your life out.”

Robert Evans has been jailed

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