‘SORT YOUR LIFE OUT’
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