WOMAN LET DRUG DEAL­ERS USE HOUSE

Jailed for 3 years 9 months af­ter po­lice raid found heroin and crack co­caine:

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

A WOMAN who ad­mit­ted al­low­ing the ter­raced house she rented to be used for sup­ply­ing il­le­gal drugs has been jailed.

Po­lice raided a house in Am­brose Street, Ban­gor, in March this year and found it was be­ing used for drugs sup­ply.

It emerged Lor­raine Roberts had taken out a ten­ancy on the prop­erty and there was ev­i­dence she was sub-let­ting it.

The 52-year-old, of Hyfry­dle Road, Caernar­fon, ad­mit­ted charges of be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of drugs and was jailed for three years and nine months.

She had failed to ap­pear for sen­tence last month and the judge added an­other month to her sen­tence mak­ing a to­tal of 46 months.

Her co-de­fen­dant, Luke Sar­gent-Ward, 24, of no fixed ad­dress, also ad­mit­ted the charges and was jailed for three years.

Sen­tenc­ing Judge Ti­mothy Petts said those who in­volve them­selves in the sup­ply of drugs in North Wales, even those at lesser lev­els, can ex­pect “heavy sen­tences”.

Sion ap Mi­hangel, pros­e­cut­ing, said po­lice raided the house in Ban­gor and found a youth in the bath­room try­ing to flush il­le­gal drugs away. Some wraps of heroin were found in the toi­let, the lawyer said.

Ward was found in the liv­ing room where drugs para­pher­na­lia and £360 cash was found, as well as more il­le­gal drugs in­clud­ing crack co­caine which were said to have a street value of £6,800.

Dur­ing in­ter­view with po­lice, he told of­fi­cers he had been sent to Ban­gor to look af­ter the youth who had a sig­nif­i­cant drugs debt. His role was to col­lect items and de­liver drugs.

Mr ap Mi­hangel said po­lice seized mo­bile phones used by Ward and Roberts and ex­am­i­na­tion of the de­vices led them to dis­cover Roberts had been in­volved in the sup­ply of il­le­gal drugs to her part­ner and oth­ers.

Ffion To­mos, for Roberts, said she had pleaded guilty and had only one pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion go­ing back many years.

She said Roberts had played only a lim­ited role in the sup­ply of drugs.

Dafydd Roberts, for Ward, said he ac­cepted the sen­tence would be one of im­me­di­ate cus­tody but pointed out Ward’s guilty plea and young age, and said he had “learned his les­son”.

The judge or­dered the drugs be de­stroyed and the cash be con­fis­cated.

Af­ter the hear­ing, PC El­wyn Wil­liams, of North Wales Po­lice, said: “The sen­tence sends out a mes­sage that we will pur­sue those who cause the most se­ri­ous harm to our com­mu­ni­ties and un­der Op­er­a­tion Rat­tle those who sup­ply Class A drugs will be put be­fore the courts to face the con­se­quences of their crimes. There is no hid­ing place.

“The to­tal street value of the drugs seized was £6,805. Each de­fen­dant played a sig­nif­i­cant role within the gang.

“Lor­raine Roberts al­lowed her flat in Ban­gor to be used to store heroin and crack co­caine, she was a courier for the gang mem­bers and also con­tacted the up­stream drug deal­ers in Liver­pool on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions.

“Luke Ward acted as the en­forcer for the gang en­sur­ing that the heroin, and crack co­caine was kept safe.”

● Lor­raine Roberts, 52, was jailed for three years nine months

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