Drugs courier jailed for eighteen months

North Wales Police

A man caught trying to bring cocaine onto Anglesey has been jailed for eighteen months.

James Newton from Liverpool was stopped and searched by police in Benllech while driving with his elderly father last August. The 57 year-old from Old Swan admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard Newton, an unemployed man, was under pressure from dealers to ferry the drugs from Merseyside to North Wales because he had run up a heavy debt.

Prosecutors said police acted on intelligence when they stopped his vehicle and discovered a packet of high purity cocaine with a street value of at least £3,200.

Newton told police at the time that he was looking for a holiday home for his father on the island, but Judge Rhys Rowlands said it was very unlikely that was the case due to his dad’s ill health.

The defence said Newton was genuinely remorseful and accepted this was a serious matter.

After sentencing on Friday, Sergeant Alex Baker from Llangefni police station said police hoped ”it sends a strong message to others thinking of bringing drugs into our town and villages, that with the support of the Crown Prosecution Service we will continue our relentless pursuit of those who cause the most serious harm.”

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