Anglesey man jailed for drug possession and dangerous driving

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AN ANGLESEY man with drugs in his car drove at 80mph, cut corners, and at one point became airborne as he tried to flee police, a court heard.

Heroin addict Adrian Owen, aged 35, a former meat factory worker, of Llawr y dref in Llangefni, ran out of fuel, Caernarfon crown court heard today (Friday, August 15)

A golf ball-sized package of heroin worth £2,670 had been under his arm when police took him to the ground and 1,535 diazepam tablets were also found.

He was jailed for four-and-a-half years after admitting possessing drugs with intent to supply and dangerous driving in the Rhostrehwfa and Llangristiolus areas last February.

Judge Dafydd Hughes told Owen:”You drove in an appalling fashion. Had anybody been in your way he or she wouldn’t have stood a chance. You drove erratically and at frighteningly fast speeds.

“You posed on that occasion a very serious risk to the public. It’s a matter of pure good fortune that nothing occurred.
“Eventually you had to come to a halt because apparently you ran out of fuel. When the police came upon the scene they discovered you had a significant quantity of drugs. You were clearly trying to flee because of those drugs.”
He added :”These offences are of a very serious nature. The only way of dealing with them is by way of a custodial sentence so the message goes out that this kind of offending can only be met by custody.”

A four-year driving ban was imposed with a re-test at the end and Owen must pay £120 costs.

Gareth Roberts, prosecuting, said Owen’s Ford Focus had been seen by an off-duty policewoman, swerving and hitting the kerb, and she alerted colleagues. He went to ASDA at Llangefni then drove off.

But Mr Roberts said when Owen spotted a police car behind him he made off at speed, taking a blind bend on the wrong side of the road, cutting corners, failing to give way at a junction, and going at twice the speed limit in 30mph and 40mph areas.

Matthew Curtis, defending, said Owen had become a “hopeless addict.” The alleged supply was to fund his habit.

Mr Curtis said Owen had been to a detox unit and had tried “cold turkey.” Counsel added :”Prison is going to be hard for him.”

After the case Det Chief Inspector Iestyn Davies said that sentence should “send a clear message” to those involved in supplying controlled drugs that they will face harsh consequences when caught.

He added :”As can be seen from our activities this week at Caernarfon we continue to robustly target those involved in drug-related criminality.” 

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