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A suspected drug dealer told police arresting him that he had “half an ounce of coke under his b***s” but insisted that it was for personal use.
However text messages subsequently found on Liam Foster-Richards's phone told a different story.
Swansea Crown Court heard that on the evening of November 7, 2019, police in Carmarthen were on the lookout for a black BMW which intelligence suggested was involved in drug supply.
Dean Pulling, prosecuting, said at around 9.35pm they spotted the target car and signalled for it to stop.
The occupants got out of the car and the passenger, Foster-Richards, was seen to be "shaking and looking nervous".
The court heard police spoke separately to the defendant and to the driver of the car and they told different stories of their movements that evening.
Foster-Richards reportedly told officers: "I'll be honest with you. I'm not going to lie. I've got half an ounce of coke under my balls. It's for personal use." The defendant then reached into his trousers and retrieved a package.
The BMW was searched and a mobile phone was recovered from the floor near where Foster-Richards had been sitting.
In his interview, reports Wales Online, Foster-Richards gave a prepared statement in which he said the cocaine found by police had been for his own personal use.
The prosecutor said tests showed the package from the defendant's trousers contained 55g of cocaine at a purity of 75% and that texts related to the supply of cocaine were found on the seized phone covering the period from July 5 up until the point of arrest.
Foster-Richards, of Green Park, Cynwyl Elfed, Carmarthen, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply when he appeared in the dock for sentencing. He has previous convictions for 18 offences including seven for the possession of cannabis as well as for the production of cannabis.
David Singh, for Foster-Richards, said that since his arrest the defendant had taken steps to tackle his cocaine addiction and had been "drug-free for some considerable period".
The barrister said his client was now in a very different situation to the one he had been in November 2019 and intended, when he was in a position to do so, to marry his partner.
Judge Paul Thomas QC told the defendant it was clear he had been a "busy Class A drug dealer". He said everyone who gets involved in such activity knows what they can expect if they are caught.
The judge said to Foster-Richards: "You may have thought it was worth the risk. You may not think that now."
In coming to his sentence the judge said he had in mind the delay in the case coming to court, the efforts the defendant had made in tackling his drug problem, the additional difficulty of serving a custodial sentence during the current Covid health crisis, and the fact the offence had been committed while Foster-Richards was subject to a suspended sentence for another offence.
Giving the defendant credit for his guilty plea the judge sentenced him to three and a half years in prison. Foster-Richards will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.
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