Football game cocaine dealer Robert Edwards is jailed

A 22-year-old man has been jailed for 28 months after security staff at a football club found him dealing drugs during a cup game.

Mold Crown Court heard Robert Gareth Edwards, 22, of Swansea, was carrying 23 wraps of cocaine at Newtown Football Club in Powys in April this year.

He admitted supplying and possession with intent to supply cocaine and class C drugs, and wept as he was sentenced.

Judge Niclas Parry said the defendant had been prepared to sell more widely.

David Mainstone, prosecuting, told the court Edwards was found to be carrying cocaine with a street value of £1,100 and tablets of the class C drugs TFMPP and BZP worth £205.

He said: "The defendant was actively involved in the sale of drugs for commercial gain. Huge quantities of tablets - figures of £4,000 - were mentioned.

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It is clear from the text messages you would have been prepared to sell to anyone who asked, possibly at a large level - you were looking for customers”

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"The gist of the texts is the defendant was saying he has got sweets and candy - that is tablets and cocaine."

The court heard Edwards is a talented footballer and had represented Swansea schoolboys at rugby.

Simon Rogers, defending, said: "He has worked as a trainee civil engineer and at 19 was given the opportunity to go to Abu Dhabi on a seven-month contract.

"He returned to this country when the contract ended and worked as a fabricator in a factory. He had been unemployed only a few months before this offence."

Judge Parry said: "When you lost your employment you found a new source of income by supplying class A and C drugs.

"It is accepted those you supplied were people known to you, people who were already doing drugs.

"It is clear from the text messages you would have been prepared to sell to anyone who asked, possibly at a large level - you were looking for customers.

"Those drugs would have come to south Wales from the north west of England. These were being brazenly supplied and consumed in a family football club when it was a busy day at that club."

The judge said he accepted that Edwards was genuinely remorseful and had acted out of character.

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