North East Wales

Buckley drug dealer Neil Roberts jailed for 28 months

A man has been jailed for 28 months after he was caught dealing cocaine in Flintshire.

Neil Roberts, 32, was spotted by police approaching a van in Buckley before he ran off and discarded a package of the class-A drug, Mold Crown Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Judge Niclas Parry said there was a mistaken belief that cocaine dealing was the "acceptable face" of supplying class-A drugs.

He said it was not the case, adding that it was responsible for causing harm to individuals.

The judge told Roberts: "You took a chance, you had a fairly substantial stock, money and there were text messages."

David Mainstone, prosecuting, said that Pc Anthony Butlin and two special constables saw the defendant leave his home and go towards a white van parked outside.

When he saw the police car drive past, the defendant ran off at speed.

He was pursued and found hiding in a hedge in a nearby garden.

There was a struggle where he tried to break free and one of the officers was injured.

Lost job

Mr Mainstone said that there was another man in the van and three mobile phones, one linked to the defendant which carried texts indicating drug dealing.

As he ran, the defendant had discarded a package of cocaine.

His home was searched and in total police recovered cocaine with a street value of £1,400 and about £600 in cash.

Robin Boag, defending, said that his client would use cocaine but while he was working he was able to finance it.

Roberts had a good job but when that ended, and money was limited, he had started to subsidise his own drugs by supplying friends and associates who he knew already used the drug.

The court was told there was no financial gain, no lavish life-style, and that the defendant lived at home with his mother.

Roberts received a 27 month sentence with an additional one month for failing to answer his bail last week, which he admitted.