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Essex man jailed for selling drugs in Swansea

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A 21 year-old man from Essex has been sent to prison for three years at Swansea Crown Court or his involvement in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine in the Swansea area.

Owen Knight, who was staying in a rental property in the city, was convicted of possessing cocaine with intent to supply, possessing heroin with intent to supply, acquiring criminal property and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

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Following a search of Knight’s accommodation officers found £12,000 worth of class A drugs and several thousand pounds in cash.

In court, Knight’s solicitor, Andrew Evans said: “The court may wonder why a man from Essex finds himself in Swansea at an Airbnb needing class A drugs.

“The defendant himself had an addiction to class B drugs in particular cannabis, and whilst living in the Essex area he incurred a drug debt to people far more unscrupulous than he is.

“In effect he was sent to this area to discharge the debt that he had incurred. He accepts there was a level of economic gain and that he was successful in dealing class A drugs, but he immediately disclosed to police where he was staying and what he was selling.”

Detective Inspector Marc Gardner, of the Swansea Neath Port Talbot Organised Crime Team, said: “Class A drugs ruin people’s lives and can have a huge impact on our community. I hope this sentence helps to deter anyone who considers following Knight’s path.

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“We will continue aggressively to target those who come to South Wales to deal these destructive drugs.

“Our job is to protect our communities from this menace and I hope this sentence will remind these gangs thinking of coming to South Wales, we are no easy touch.

“Wherever you may be in the country, we’ll find you, we’ll arrest you and you’ll go to prison for a long time.

“If you have any information on drug dealing or any other crime, please contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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