South East Wales

Dealers caught with £375k worth of drugs after police chase are jailed

Darren Owen, Lee Brearley Image copyright South Wales Police
Image caption Darren Owen, (left), and Lee Brearley have both been jailed

Drug dealers caught with £375,000 worth of cocaine after a police chase that left officers injured have been jailed.

Darren Owen, 51, received seven years and four months after pleading guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and dangerous driving including ramming a police car.

Lee Brearley, 35, was given three years and two months after admitting conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

The south Wales pair were arrested in Rhondda Cynon Taff on 6 December 2014.

Police saw packages being exchanged between the pair in a lane between Ynysybwl and Perthcelyn.

Both drove at high speeds to evade capture, damaging police vehicles, injuring officers and causing damage to property nearby.

A kilogram of cocaine with a street value of £375,000 was found in Brearley's car.

After ramming a police vehicle head-on, Owen ran off on foot, with police finding a carrier bag containing £35,500 in cash nearby.

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