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Jail for two drug dealers caught with four kilos of cocaine

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Paul Taylor, Mark Dobbin, the lock up used to cut and mix the drugs. Credit: South Wales Police

Two drug suppliers from Rhondda Cynon Taf have been jailed for a total of 12 years following a police investigation by South Wales Police’s Organised Crime Unit.

Paul Taylor, 51, of Deer Road, Llantwit Fadre and Mark Dobbin, 53, of Dan Caerlan, Llantrisant, were both jailed for six years at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday, May 26, after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

South Wales Police caught the two men red handed as they arrived at a farm linked to them in Peterston Super Ely at approximately 7pm on 22 January, 2020.

Officers were acting on information that they would be returning from the North West of England where they had travelled to buy drugs.

Four kilos of cocaine seized by police. Credit: South Wales Police

Police found four kilogrammes of cocaine wrapped in four separate packages in the van they were travelling in.

A lock-up at a farm in Efail Isaf was then searched – two units were being rented by the two men and one them contained evidence it was being used to cut and mix the drugs they bought, such as scales and mixing bowls covered with white residue. Also in the lock-up were ‘tick lists’ – paperwork used by drug dealers to manage orders from customers.

The men were dealing with drugs worth hundreds of thousands of pounds on the street and operated with the sophistication of an organised criminal gang.

Detective Chief Inspector Dean Taylor of the Force Intelligence and Organised Crime Unit, said: “This is another positive result for South Wales Police and the communities we serve. A substantial amount of class A drugs which were destined for the streets of south Wales have been seized, and those responsible will now spend a considerable amount of time in prison.

“Clearly the individuals involved in this case have no regard for the law and were intent on making large sums of money from their drug dealing activities, with no consideration for the terrible impact their actions would have upon our communities.

“I hope this reassures the public and shows the determination of South Wales Police and the force’s Organised Crime Unit, that we are committed to identifying, targeting and dismantling organised crime groups either operating or looking to operate in south Wales.

“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the public that if they have any information that can help us in the fight against drugs, they should contact us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Rhys Gregory
Editor of Wales247.co.uk

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