Llangefni woman "betrayed community" by selling heroin, judge says


Staff reporter (NW Chronicle)

AN ANGLESEY woman was told by a judge that she had “betrayed” her community when he jailed her and a Liverpool man for drug dealing.

Catrina Jones, aged 35, of High Street, Llangefni, was jailed for four-and-a-half years after she admitted supplying heroin, and possessing drugs with intent to supply while on police bail.

Christopher Rowan, aged 25, of Boswell Street, Liverpool, jailed in 2008 for six years for drug dealing and freed on licence in 2011, was sentenced to another six years in prison after he admitted having drugs with intent to supply.

Judge Niclas Parry at Caernarfon crown court told Jones :”You betrayed the community where you lived.”

He said it was effectively a conspiracy to bring a significant amount of drugs from Liverpool into North Wales for distribution. Judge Parry said :”You, Mr Rowan, were clearly the main man, the link with Liverpool, and like a cuckoo took over the nest that was the home of Catrina Jones and Ryan James.

“They had no alternative but to allow that because of a drug debt. You were clearly the one who would have made the most significant profit. You are clearly a prolific supplier.”

James, now 18 but 17 at the time, also of High Street, Llangefni, received an 18 months suspended term of custody and must do 300 hours unpaid work.

He admitted drugs’ offences but was “by far the least involved,” Judge Parry remarked.

Jayne La Grua, prosecuting, said a heroin user had accused Jones of selling £10-£20 “deals” and police went to her home in September. Nine bags of the drug worth £90 were found and mobile phones.

She had been in contact with someone called “Scouse New.”

Miss La Grua said in December police raided her home and found Rowan, and the teenager who climbed on to the roof.

Packages of heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis were seized - worth £8,425.

Six mobile phones were also discovered.

Kim Halsall, defending, suggested pressure may have been put on Jones.

She was motivated to change and was on methadone and determined to rid herself of drug addiction.

Paulinus Barnes, defending Rowan, said while remanded in custody he had been doing an NVQ in customer service.

John Wyn Williams, for James, said he had eight GCSEs and was not the main player.

He had served the equivalent of a 16 months sentence while remanded in custody

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