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UK: Drug Dealer Jailed After Police Sniffer Dog Found Cannabis Buried In A Toy Egg

Ron Strider

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A drug dealer has been jailed after a police sniffer dog found cannabis he was hiding in a toy egg buried in the garden.

Officers recovered more than £2,000 worth of cannabis and £500 of cocaine from 23-year-old Jamie Coles' home, along with £2,000 in cash he had stashed in a box of sweets.

Sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court , Judge Eleri Rees described his criminal record as "astonishingly bad".

The court heard police searched his home in Cardiff on July 26.

Prosecutors said he was "extremely abusive" to officers and tried to escape from the back of the property.

Sniffer dogs were brought in and police found 10 bags of cannabis hidden in a toy Kinder Egg buried in the garden.

Officers also found £2,343 in cash concealed in a sweets box along with drugs paraphernalia.

The defendant's phone was analyzed and found to contain messages relating to drugs supply.

Police recovered 375g of the Class B drug cannabis with a potential street value of up to £2,355 and 9.5g of the Class A drug cocaine with a potential value of up to £570.

Prosecutors said Coles had been before the courts for 50 previous offences.

In August 2012 he was sentenced to 18 months in a young offender institution after being convicted of four counts of possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine.

Coles was handed a suspended sentence in July 2015 for possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Judge Rees noted that sentence expired two weeks before the new offences were committed.

Coles, from Pethybridge Road in Ely , admitted possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis.

Susan Ferrier, defending, said her client was "gutted" to have offended again and argued he showed remorse through his guilty pleas.

She told the court he had been working at a fruit and veg stall in the market and was in a relationship.

The defense barrister said: "He knows he needs to change. He has had a taste of something better and he realized there is a future for him."

But she said he fell back into offending after losing his job, adding: "It was perhaps just too easy."

Judge Rees told him: "For someone of only 23 you have an astonishingly bad record."

She warned him that if he was convicted of another offence involving Class A drugs he would face a minimum term of seven years.

Coles was jailed for four years and an order was made for the drugs to be destroyed. He must also pay a victim surcharge.


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