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Man found hiding drugs in trousers avoids jail

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 11, 2014

A MAN found with drugs hidden in the waistband of his trousers has avoided prison.

James Knight said he was hiding the drugs for another man who was walking around the Walkabout bar in Swansea trying to get customers.

Knight, aged 24, from Heol Llwynen in Neath, had remained in the toilets and was found there by bouncers, who threw him out after seeing the drugs.

The other man has not been found or prosecuted, prosecutor Brian Simpson said.

Knight admitted a series of drugs offences in front of Recorder Geraint Walters, sitting at Swansea Crown Court.

He admitted four offences of possessing Class C drugs, including ketamine, with intent and an offence of possessing Class B drugs.

The drugs were all found in different plastic bags, Mr Simpson said.

They had a value of between £160 and £200.

In his police interview, Knight said he had been in the toilets to take drugs himself but agreed to hold his friend's drugs while he tried to find buyers, he said his friend had bought the drugs himself.

Mr Walters asked why the case had taken 14 months to come to court, and said in that time, Knight had been sentenced for other matters, including one of possession of cannabis.

Mr Simpson said he could not provide an answer to the court.

Knight received an 18 month community order and was told to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

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