Al­leged drug dealer ‘tried to snap phone in half when he saw po­lice’

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A MAN ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­ing to sup­ply drugs tried to snap his phone in half when he saw the po­lice, a court heard.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that John Knight at­tempted to break his mo­bile phone when of­fi­cers ar­rived on the fore­court of his busi­ness White Knight Mo­tor Com­pany in Swansea.

Matthew Cobbe, prose­cut­ing, said: “He at­tempted to snap a mo­bile phone in half.” Knight is one of five men on trial ac­cused of con­spir­ing to sup­ply the Class A drug co­caine.

Prose­cu­tors al­lege Knight led the op­er­a­tion in South Wales and say he had a lot of phones in a bid to avoid po­lice sur­veil­lance.

The court heard po­lice ar­rested him at around 10.50am on March 15 af­ter in­ter­cept­ing driver Stu­art Jar­man on the M4 and find­ing 2kg of co­caine in his van.

Co-de­fen­dant An­thony Vobe was also ar­rested at the garage in Cly­dach.

Tak­ing the jury through a de­tailed time­line with South Wales Po­lice in­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst Gaynor Broughton, Mr Cobbe said al­leged co-con­spir­a­tor Ja­son Theobold’s phone was also bro­ken. The court heard Theobold’s phone was re­cov­ered by po­lice from the creases of a cur­tain in the liv­ing room of his home in Rhym­ney.

The in­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst said cell site tech­nol­ogy in­di­cated Jar­man was at Kid­brooke in Black­heath, Lon­don, around 6.30am on the day of his ar­rest.

Prose­cu­tors al­lege Lec Gjoka was based in south-east Lon­don and supplied the group with co­caine, which they brought to Wales. Po­lice in­ter­cepted Jar­man at Mem­bury Ser­vices on the M4 around 10.10am.

Prose­cu­tors said he was ar­rested as he got out of his van and of­fi­cers found a blue plas­tic bag “jammed” be­hind the driver’s seat which con­tained co­caine with a po­ten­tial street value of £450,000.

Jar­man, 41, from Gar­den City, Rhym­ney – who prose­cu­tors say was a driver for the group – has pleaded guilty to con­spir­ing to sup­ply co­caine and cannabis.

Lyn­don Evans, 37, from Union Street in Am­man­ford; Vobe, 41, from Tr­eg­yn­l­laeth Farm in Am­man­ford; and Knight, 36, from Pleas­ant Street, Pen­tre, ad­mit con­spir­ing to sup­ply cannabis. They, plus Gjoka, 42, from Fair­lands Court in Black­heath, Lon­don; and Theobold, 42, from Hill Street, Rhym­ney, deny con­spir­ing to sup­ply co­caine.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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