A MID Wales man who admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply has been jailed for two years and five months.

William Luke Owen, 34, no longer used the drug, Mold Crown Court was told on Thursday, April 18.

Owen of Sgwar Heulwen, in Welshpool, admitted possessing the class A drug with intent to supply back on New Year's Day, 2018.

Judge Timothy Petts said that in the early hours the defendant was stopped by police on a bicycle and was found with eight bags of cocaine, with a street value of £400.

A total of £1,000 in cash was found at his home.

He said that a small number of text messages relating to drugs supply were found on his mobile phone.

While he had convictions, there was nothing for drugs and he had never been to prison before.

The prosecution accepted that he was not pushing drugs on the street. He was purchasing cocaine to be shared with other like minded people but there was a commercial element to it.

Dafydd Roberts, prosecuting, said that there was no suggestion that he was pushing drugs on the streets of Welshpool. But he was facilitating the supply of cocaine between a small number of like minded people.

Defending barrister Jonathan Austin said that his client was now testing negative for cocaine and was the carer for his sick mother.

That night he was buying the drugs for himself and others, who were friends, who were already using drugs.

He suggested that a suspended sentence would be appropriate.

It was his case that the £1,000 found at his home was nothing to do with drugs.

The judge ordered him to pay the £1,000 in prosecution costs.