A court has heard a teenage boy nearly died after taking two ecstasy tablets in the shape of pink teddy bears.
The 16 year-old was left seriously ill in hospital after taking two £10 drugs at a disco in Barmouth in December 2016. They were brought from two Penrhyndeudraeth brothers in the toilets of a venue.
Both Rhun and Evan Glyn were jailed after admitting supplying class A drugs with intent to supply. Their father, Nigel Glyn Jones, was found guilty by a jury on similar charges and jailed for five years.
Rhun Glyn was sentenced to another three years in prison on top of a six year sentence he’s serving for wounding. Evan Glyn was jailed for two and a half years.
Caernarfon Crown Court heard the teenager fell unconscious at the disco and was rushed to an intensive care unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
The boy’s father said in a statement read to court that his world turned upside down when he heard from police that his son had fallen ill: ”The sheer panic and fear driving to hospital that night are indescribable and to see him unconscious, pale, prostrate on a bed and unrecognisable is something I hope and pray no other family should go through.”
”It disgusts me that adults took advantage and preyed on a young lad and supplied him tablets. They must now face the consequences.” The boy did not want to be identified publicly.
Prosecutors said the Glyn brothers sold their drugs to a queue of people as it were a ‘sweet shop’. When police raided the family home on the Adwy Ddu estate a few days later, they found a haul of ‘pink teddy bear’ tablets and cocaine, along with phones containing incriminating text messages.
The defence said both Rhun Glyn and his father had accepted jail terms were inevitable. Evan Glyn’s lawyer said he was remorseful about what happened and wanted to put it behind him upon release.
Sentencing the men, Judge Nic Parry said: ”It is unusual to see a family in the dock for sentence but that pales into insignificance compared to the trauma of the boy’s family. You sold him drugs and he became unresponsive and survived only by the skin of his teeth.”
Perhaps this is the kind of case that sends out the message that ecstasy tablets are not sweets, that taking cocaine is not cool.”
After the hearing on Thursday, DC Dave Rock from North Wales Police said Rhun Glyn had sold the ecstasy tablets to ”vulnerable young people at a party with no regard to their safety or the consequences” and his only concern was to make a profit.
He added: ”It’s important we re-iterate the health warnings carried particularly to young people thinking of taking this type of drug or other psychoactive substances as they’ve no idea where they were made, by whom or what they contain. They can be deadly and it’s simply not worth the risk.”