Two Liverpool men caught trying to smuggle heroin and crack cocaine into North West Wales have been jailed.
Police caught Graeme Williams (28) and Paul Pender (28) with around £6,400 worth of drugs when they were stopped in Bangor in January.
Both men, from the Netherton area, admitted possessing hundreds of wraps with intent to supply. They were sentenced to two years and eight months each.
Caernarfon Crown Court heard Williams and Pender drove from Merseyside to Gwynedd in their Ford Focus car, before they were pulled over on Treborth Road. In all, 639 wraps of heroin and crack were discovered with a street value of £6,390.
Williams’ defence said he had made a ”foolish decision” to take the drugs for £1,000. He had taken cocaine socially, but had since left drug dealing ”well and truly behind” – this was his first conviction, but the judge rejected a plea for a suspended sentence.
Pender’s barrister said he had been made homeless at the age of 16 and suffered mental health problems. The defendant had ‘learned his lesson’ since his arrest, started a relationship and expecting a baby.
Judge Huw Rees told the men they had been ”extremely foolish” to get involved in drug dealing – although neither of them were addicts. He said the jail terms were the very least he could impose.