Anglesey man jailed for drug possession and dangerous driving


Staff reporter (NW Chronicle)

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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