Drug dealer told of­fi­cer she would ‘want for noth­ing’

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 ian.lewis@me­di­awales.co.uk 07790 591150

A MAN deal­ing drugs in Llanelli told an un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer that if she was his girl, she would want for noth­ing and boasted his pock­ets would soon be lined with £2,000.

Wayne Phillip Jenk­ins, of Fur­nace Bank, Car­marthen, pleaded guilty to sup­ply­ing a quan­tity of opi­oid drug buprenor­phine, also known as sub­u­tex, when he ap­peared at Llanelli Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day.

Jenk­ins, aged 34, gave 0.01grams of the drug to an un­der­cover Dyfed­Powys Po­lice of­fi­cer who had be­come part and par­cel of the group Jenk­ins was in.

It was all part of the force’s Op­er­a­tion Cryp­tic.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sian Vaughan said: “The po­lice of­fi­cers had be­come part of the group and Jenk­ins had told her that he was go­ing to have £2,000 com­ing to him and that if she was his girl, she would ‘want for noth­ing’ and then handed over the drugs to the of­fi­cer.”

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Stephen Lloyd said the drugs had a street value of £1 and had been given to Jenk­ins to pass on to the woman, un­be­known to the group that she was un­der­cover.

Mr Lloyd said: “No money was trans­acted be­tween the pair, my client sim­ply gave her the drugs.”

He told the court that Jenk­ins had turned his life around since the in­ci­dent, work­ing with drug agen­cies and hav­ing joined a church group.

“He has gone from some­body who led a chaotic life­style to now stay­ing out of trou­ble.

“In that pe­riod of time he has ab­so­lutely turned his life around.”

Mr Lloyd said Jenk­ins was get­ting the sup­port he needed and ar­gued de­spite a long record of drug of­fend­ing, a prison sen­tence would not be help­ful as he was get­ting help in the com­mu­nity.

Dis­trict Judge Christo­pher James said: “From the po­lice op­er­a­tion it was clear you sup­plied a small amount of Class C drugs to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer.

“Your in­volve­ment was re­duced as you tak­ing the drugs from some­one else and giv­ing them to her, there was no fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tion.

“You did this just a day af­ter a court gave you a com­mu­nity or­der for an­other of­fence.

“Your past of­fend­ing is an ag­gra­vat­ing fea­ture, your an­tecedent record is ex­ten­sive for pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drugs.

“How­ever, you are en­gag­ing fully with the com­mu­nity or­der and mak­ing ex­cep­tional progress and a sig­nif­i­cant turn­around in your life­style.”

Judge James gave Jenk­ins a cur­few for the sup­ply­ing of drugs.

He must re­main at his prop­erty in Fur­nace Bank be­tween the hours of 10pm and 8am for 16 weeks. Jenk­ins must also pay £85 court costs and £85 vic­tim sur­charge.

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