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A man who fled Rhyl after he was caught drug dealing by police has been jailed for four years.
A jury convicted Ryan Porter of possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. The 28 year-old was arrested in a raid in April 2014, but he moved to Northampton and began working for an events firm, while keeping contact with his four children.
Mold Crown Court heard Porter had been found at his flat on Edward Henry Street while throwing wraps of class A drugs onto the kitchen floor. He also had £1200 in his possession despite living on benefits and a dealer’s list, along with text messages on his mobile phone requesting drugs.
Porter had failed to turn up in court before eventually pleading not guilty to the charges. His defence claimed he had thrown a cannabis spliff onto the floor, that the money was legitimate and intended for buying a pram, and insisted he did own the mobile phone.
His barristers also claimed that the flat had been used by other people and that Porter was staying nearby in Towyn. He did not take any heroin or cocaine but had developed a cannabis habit, which became unaffordable without supplying drugs to others.
Judge Rhys Rowlands told Porter: ”I have no doubt at all that you were a street level dealer playing your part in the peddling of class A drugs on the streets of Rhyl. “You knew you were taking a risk, that if and when you were caught then you would go to prison for a long period of time.”