‘County lines’ drug dealer jailed

North Wales Police

A drug addict from Bangor who hid heroin inside a Kinder egg has been jailed for three years.

Police caught Tony Evans and two others in an area of Menai woods where drug users would congregate. The 45 year-old was carrying around 25 heroin deals worth a total of £250, along with £49 in cash and a mobile phone.

Evans admitted possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. Caernarfon Crown Court heard he sold over £10,000 worth of drugs in order to pay off debts to dealers in Liverpool as part of a so-called ‘county lines’ group.

Sian Hughes (49), also from Bangor, was given a suspended two-year sentence for being concerned in supplying a drug. Detectives found her in the woods alongside Evans and another drug user with £400 cash stuffed into her bra.

Prosecutors said Evans had confessed to police about his addiction and was ”very forthcoming”. He said he had been paid £20 in drugs for every £100 sold and managed to sell £2,000 worth the day before he was arrested.

The defence said Evans was now clean of drugs and had gone onto become a mentor in prison. Hughes was described as a ”gentle, quiet, and well-liked” woman whose addiction had begun after her mother died in 2015. She was now trying to bring it under control.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Nic Parry said the case involved a serious example of corruption of people in the city by heroin. He told the pair: ”The two of you should know better than anybody how poisonous, how dreadfully addictive, how utterly destructive this drug is…you knew what you were doing. It was your choice.”

Hughes must also carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and a year of drug rehabilitation. Cash seized from the pair will be forfeited.

After sentencing on Thursday, PC Elwyn Williams from the proactive unit at Caernarfon Police Station, said: ”Evans and Hughes were a member of an Organised Crime Group using the county-lines model to sell Class A drugs in our communities and I’m sure the sentence will bring a degree of relief to many.”