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Two men from Wigan were caught burying class A drugs into the sand on Rhyl’s East Parade beach.
Anthony Murphy and a 17 year-old teenager, who can not be named, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply. They were arrested after CCTV operators noticed suspicious activity.
The men, who had been staying locally in a caravan, left a plastic rose at the spot of where they buried the drugs, which had a street value of £1800.
Murphy’s defence said he had been going through a bad patch – his partner had not realised he had gone back to supplying drugs and thought he was going on holiday to North Wales. He had been convicted once before.
The teenager, described by his barrister as vulnerable with educational difficulties, had been easily led by Murphy (27) – he had been prescribed methadone, but had coped well since his arrest and was hoping to stop using drugs via agency help.
At Mold crown court, Murphy was jailed for three years and eight months while the teenager was placed under supervision on an 18 month rehabilitation order – he must also be tested for drugs, carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and a ‘think again’ course.