Two Liverpool men who moved to Bangor to sell drugs have been jailed.
Daniel Dobbs and Jamie Milburn were arrested just four days after arriving on the Maesgeirchen estate in May last year.
The pair were sentenced to two years each after pleading guilty to possessing heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.
Caernarfon Crown Court heard Milburn (20), of Bootle, had been homeless after losing his job. He met a drug who offered him a job and a place to live.
The pair moved from Merseyside to Gwynedd – with Milburn given a phone and told what to do.
Prosecutors said the men were caught acting suspiciously around Maesgeirchen – they became nervous when they were stopped and searched by police, who found them carrying a total of £300 in cash.
Although they had no drugs on them at the time, CCTV footage was found of Milburn dropping a package containing wraps of heroin and cocaine with a street value of £200.
Mixing powder and plastic bags were found at Milburn’s home in Bootle and a mobile phone with text messages indicating drug supply was seized. Both men refused to answer police questions when interviewed.
Milburn’s defence said it was believed the two men would go unnoticed in Maesgeirchen, but because of their Liverpudlian accents, they ”stood out like sore thumbs.”
Dobbs (19), of Dorrington Walk, had been told he could work to repay a personal drugs debt of £600. His lawyer admitted there had been an element of ”naivety and exploitation” involved.
Both Dobbs and Milburn’s barristers pleaded for suspended sentences, but their arguments were rejected by Judge Huw Rees, who told the men their crimes were ”too serious” for anything other than immediate custody.
Reacting after sentencing, PC Simon Moodley from North Wales Police said: ”Under Operation Rattle, those who supply Class A drugs will be put before the courts to face the consequences of their crimes. There is no hiding place and no stone will be left unturned.”
”We rely on the continued help and support from our communities. Intelligence used by police has resulted in scores of arrests and the seizure of drugs, weapons and other illegal materials since Operation Rattle began.”
”I hope today’s sentencing of Daniel Dobbs and James Milburn will further demonstrate to the local community that we are getting positive results.”
Judge Rees ordered the seized cash to be forfeited.