Two teens involved in sale of drugs in Newtown given community orders


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TWO teenagers have been given community orders for their parts in the supply of class B drugs.

Sophie Jones, of High Street, Builth Wells and James Donovan Williams, of Commercial Street, Newtown, both 19, admitted the charge of being concerned in the supply of cannabis at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The charge related to dates between July 22, 2015, and November 5, 2015.

Rhian Jones, prosecuting, said officers searched a property in Newtown, where Miss Jones lived.

In the address, Jones was found in the living room with  a small quantity of cannabis, which she admitted was hers.

Elsewhere in the property, other quantities of the drug were seized by police.

Jones admitted that she was storing the drug for another man and Williams.

A further search at an address on Old Kerry Road, found large quantities of cannabis, and Williams was also at this address.

An iPhone was also seized, along with £140 cash.

On analysing the phone, messages from Williams to another man were found regarding dealing in controlled drugs.

At the first property, 151.3 grammes were found, with a street value between £572 and £788.

In interview, Miss Jones said she stored the drugs for another man, because he had helped her out in the past.

She said she occasionally helped weigh the drugs and on a couple of occasions had sold the drugs to people who came to the house.

In interview, Williams said that it had been going on for two months, and the drugs had been stored at  Jones' house.

He said she had also helped with weighing the drugs.

Phil Sherrard, defending both, said  Jones had helped the other man out, she was 17 at the time, and was foolish, not understanding the consequences.

He added she had no  influence over the other man, and when she had sold drugs, the money had gone straight to him.

Since this time, she has moved to  Builth Wells, and  had worked as a chef.

About Mr Williams, Mr Sherrard said his client delivered the drugs, and was the “runner”.

He would drop drugs off, collect money, and give it back to the other man, who Mr Sherrard said was the organiser.

He said the other man had be-friended Williams, offering him food, a place to stay and cannabis.

He also added his client, who works at an abattoir, admitted his involvement at an early stage.

Magistrates handed both 12 month community orders, 20 rehabilitation days, and ordered them to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

They were both ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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