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Driver spotted on his phone led police to hideaway storing £365,000 of cocaine

By SWEPRMosalski  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

By Ruth Mosalski / ruth.mosalski@swwmedia.co.uk / @ruthmosalski

  • Andrew Botto, who led police to a lock-up where he was storing up to £365,000 worth of cocaine, after officers spotted him using his mobile phone while driving.

  • The container used by Andrew Botto for storing his drugs.

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A DRIVER who tried to get out of a fine for using his mobile phone while driving, instead led police to his lock-up where he was storing up to £365,000 of cocaine.

Andrew Botto has now been jailed for five years.

When he was pulled over by traffic officers on October 15, Botto tried to tell them he had left his phone at work and they were mistaken that they had seen him using it.

Prosecutor Geraint Walters said officers “smelled a rat” and searched his van, finding £3,000 in cash in his glove box.

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After his arrest, officers found the phone in the back of his van and went on to search a number of properties linked to Botto, including a freight container on land on Penlan Fach Road.

They used his keys to open the container where they found the drugs which weighed just less than 1kg. Tests showed they were import strength of 66 per cent purity.

If they had been sold on the street in 1g deals, they would have made the dealer £365,000.

Botto, aged 26, from Wern Road Landore, said he had been asked to store the drugs and would have been paid when they were collected.

Christopher Clee QC told Swansea Crown Court his client runs Molly’s Mini Market on Wern Road and employs four part-time staff. He said he hopes his family can continue to run his business.

Mr Clee accepted that his client must have had some idea about the scale of the operation because of the amount of drugs he was storing.

Botto had admitted possession of the Class A drug with intent to supply.

Judge Paul Thomas told him he had provided a “valuable service” to the dealer.

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  • Landore-123  |  March 14 2014, 9:11AM

    Utter nonsense you are talking Caroline !!! There are only so many calls you can make to the police it's up to them if they do anything !!!

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  • Smallfoot9  |  March 14 2014, 8:52AM

    If ppl like botto wasn't on this earth it be safe place to live in

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  • caroline44  |  March 14 2014, 8:48AM

    If you were that concerned about kids you should of told the police end of!

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  • Landore-123  |  March 14 2014, 8:32AM

    Let's show all of swansea who Andrew really is !!!

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  • Landore-123  |  March 14 2014, 8:27AM

    No I haven't got a clue lol if you think it is right sticking up for a low life scumbag I am guessing you was a customer of his !! I am sorry for caring about my and everyone else's kids , I hope Ruth the reporter can pass all this on and rewrite her story I've said my piece just hope good comes out of it !!!!

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  • caroline44  |  March 14 2014, 8:00AM

    You havnt got a clue! Lol

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  • Landore-123  |  March 14 2014, 7:56AM

    What can you do tell me ??? I don't work for the police !! Let me confirm one thing to you Andrew wasn't a minder , a minder doesn't earn thousands and thousands and be able to buy houses and land to build them on , the truth always comes out just hope judge Paul Thomas does something about it as parents in this area can sleep beta knowing this rat is where he belongs

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  • caroline44  |  March 14 2014, 7:44AM

    If you knew that why didnt you report him! Doogooders hey lol

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  • Landore-123  |  March 14 2014, 7:41AM

    I am not a police officer so what I do , Andrew was a dealer not a minder out area just want judge Paul Thomas to know so this rat can rot he say he learnt a lesson if that's the case he wouldn't of carried on selling drugs while out on bail so Caroline think before you speak

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  • caroline44  |  March 14 2014, 1:01AM

    Would love to know why you havnt done anything about it! If I was concerned for my kids I would of gone to the police!

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