Two drug dealers were found with more than 50g of cocaine and more than £8,000 in cash after they were pulled over by police.
Gary Evans, 41, and Jason Lewis, 28, were approached by officers in Cardiff on August 17, 2018, when they were parked up outside a shop in the Adamsdown area of the city.
A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday heard Evans was in the drivers side of a Volkswagen Golf while Lewis was seen getting in the passenger’s side.
After stopping outside a shop Lewis went to leave the vehicle when he was approached by officers. They searched him and found an envelope containing £1,090 as well as three mobile phones.
When Evans was searched, he pointed to the car and said “there’s a Z in there and it’s cocaine”.
More envelopes containing cash were found in the glove compartment of the car, the total of which along with the money found on Lewis amassed to £8,110.
Evans took 28 grip seal bags from his underpants all of which contained half a gram or quarter of an ounce deals of cocaine, later found to have a purity of 82%. The total amount of drugs found came to 53.3g.
The defendants were arrested and during his police interview, Evans said he was a cocaine user who occasionally sold drugs in order to fund his own habit.
Lewis denied any involvement in drugs and had just happened to meet with Evans that day, as well as claiming the money in his possession was on loan from a friend.
Both of their mobile phones were examined and were found to contain drug related communications.
Before mitigation began in full, Judge Michael Fitton QC said he would be sending both defendants immediately to prison, despite the delay in the case coming to court.
He added: “On the day you were dealing, and numerous other days you were dealing, you knew that if you were caught you’d be going straight to prison.”
Defence barrister Lowri Wynn Morgan, representing Lewis, said her client began drug dealing as a way to make easy and accessible cash so he could be at his partner’s beck and call when it came to child care.
She said he was very much involved in bringing up his children and had now gained legitimate employment with a car wash company.
Nick Gedge, representing Evans, said his client had worked for a door company which was made bankrupt and he lost his job which, along with his own cocaine use, got him into financial difficulty.
He said Evans had now stopping his drug habit due to his new job as an oil tank driver, which involved obligatory drug tests.
Judge Fitton sentenced Evans to two years and two months imprisonment and Lewis to two years imprisonment.