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Ex-addict was given discount to courier heroin for dealer

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

Simon Huw Williams

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A RECOVERING heroin addict from Llanelli, who became a courier for his dealer and was caught with a quantity of the drug worth thousands, has been jailed.

Simon Huw Williams, of Glasfryn, was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court for possession of heroin with intent to supply and possession of cannabis.

Prosecutor, Mark Spackman, told the court that on February 29, police officers stopped a Fiat Punto being driven by Williams, 36, on the A40 north of Llandeilo.

When the vehicle was searched at Llanelli Police Station, three wraps containing 9.69 grams of heroin were found. Cannabis amounting to 1.26 grams was also found in the car.

“The defendant was arrested at the road and taken to the police station in a police car,” said Mr Spackman.

“He revealed he also had drugs concealed on him.”

A search at the station found a further 54.21 grams of heroin, in two separate packages.

“The value of this heroin on a retail basis, essentially the 54.21 grams of heroin could produce just over £5,500, and just under £1,000 for the 9.96 grams,” said Mr Spackman.

In interview, Williams said he had a heroin habit, and had gone to England to buy an ounce from his supplier.

“He had asked him to take a further one and a half ounces to a person in Carmarthenshire,” said Mr Spackman.

“In return, his supplier gave him drugs at a discount.”

The court heard Williams would supply heroin to others to fund his habit. Ian Wright, for Williams, said his client had fully co-operated with police.

“At the time, he had a significant, long standing addiction, where he would have half a gram of heroin per day,” said Mr Wright.

“Since then, he has taken positive steps to deal with that addiction.”

The court heard how a letter had been written by his elderly parents, who described the support their son gave them, while a letter from drug counselling service Prism also described the steps he had taken to rid himself of the habit.

Recorder Peter Rouch QC sentenced Williams to three years in prison for the heroin offence, with three months for the cannabis offence to run concurrently.

“You played a significant part in the chain of supply,” he said.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Gary Phillips, said: “This is an excellent result and a real boost to what we’re trying to achieve with Safer Llanelli.

“Williams was regularly bringing in heroin into the town. Now he’ll be behind bars for a substantial period of time.”

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  • chelsea1955  |  November 19 2012, 1:44PM

    with his good looks he won't have a problem finding a new mate to cuddle up to on these winter nites !!!!!!!!!

  • weslangdon  |  November 19 2012, 12:31PM

    I agree Malcolm; but Western Societies will never decriminalise drugs. For the most part our Police forces have a half hearted approach to catching the dealers which gives mixed messages to everyone, particularly the users. The new PCCs have the opportunity to give direction to Chief Constables about priorities but will probably fudge this issue. The greatest impact on the heroin trade will probably when the Taliban again ban the cultivation of opium [after NATO leaves Afghanistan in 2013/14] PCC's will probably claim the credit for this though.

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  • geoboy01  |  November 19 2012, 12:23PM

    live by the sword!!!!

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  • malcolmkyle16  |  November 19 2012, 10:21AM

    Reports that show Prohibition has failed: http://tinyurl.com/3meeyt3 The Global Commission on Drug Policy:
 http://tinyurl.com/3u35re4 Reports that show alternative approaches of decriminalization and regulation are working: 
http://tinyurl.com/75nqy3x What we can learn from The Portuguese Decriminalization of All Illicit Drugs:
 http://tinyurl.com/74x6kq2 General report on drug law reform in practice:
 http://tinyurl.com/y87qmyj Prohibition by Numbers:
 http://tinyurl.com/7nnvp8c Final Report of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy - "Break the Silence and Open A Debate":
 http://tinyurl.com/22s84fa Lessons for Creating Fair and Successful Drug Policies: http://tinyurl.com/cqca49 Transform's outstanding (free) book titled, "After The War On Drugs : Blueprints for Regulation" - provides specific proposals on how various drugs can be regulated in the real world: http://tinyurl.com/ydtc67o

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  • weslangdon  |  November 19 2012, 10:01AM

    What will the new PCC do about the drugs trade in Dyfed Powys, his publicity was about grafitti and anti social behaviour, a question needs to be put by our intrepid crime reporters?

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