Bungling crook made key mistake when he challenged police to link him to crime

A clueless drug dealer told police they wouldn’t find any evidence inking him to the packages of crack cocaine they had sized and urged them to try – only for them to find his fingerprints all over them.

Trevelle Taylor, 21, was stopped by police in Cardiff on January 17 after he was seen driving with false number plates.

A search of his Volkswagen Golf resulted in the discovery of two packages wrapped in green recycling bags.

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A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday (June 7) heard one package contained 22 wraps of crack cocaine, weighing a total of 4.7g and worth £440.

The second package contained six wraps of £10 street deals weighing 0.064g. The total worth of the drugs was around £500.

Taylor's home was searched by police, reports Wales Online, and £380 cash was found inside. Prosecutor Eugene Egan said the defendant told police the drugs were not his and challenged them to carry out forensic tests, insisting he would not be linked to the packages.

But the police accepted the invitation by Taylor to examine the packages and they discovered his fingerprints on two of the 10 packages examined. The defendant later pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply controlled drugs of class A.

The court heard Taylor was made subject to a suspended sentence of 16 months imprisonment in 2022 after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A. As a result of the new offence he is in breach of the suspended sentence.

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Defence barrister Harry Baker said his client was "easily led" and has learning difficulties, compounded by "social isolation" during the coronavirus lockdown. He said the defendant fell into trouble with another dealer, who owned the drugs, and forced him to prepare the wraps of crack cocaine for onward supply.

Sentencing, Judge Lucy Crowther said: "The drugs were sold by you directly to users on the street." She said the fact the defendant had a relevant previous conviction was an "aggravating factor".

Taylor was sentenced to a total of 40 months imprisonment. An additional nine months imprisonment was included in the sentence to reflect the breach of the suspended sentence.

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