Drug dealer told officer she would ‘want for nothing’
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.