A Merseyside drug dealer caught with heroin in the car park of a Rhyl supermarket has been jailed for six years.
Joseph Dodson from Huyton admitted carrying over 80 wraps of the substance when police carried out a search at Aldi on Wellington Road in May. He had been on licence when he was arrested.
Dodson (24) had travelled from Liverpool to North Wales with heroin worth an estimated £1200 and another £4,000 in cash. Mold Crown Court heard he made no comment when he was interviewed, but text messages on his mobile phone indicated he was drug dealing.
In March 2013, he was jailed for 32 months for conspiring to supply heroin – another 32 month sentence followed in July 2014 for a similar charge. The defence said Dodson had already entered guilty pleas before magistrates and admitted that a significant amount of drugs had been seized.
Judge Rhys Rowlands told him that because of his past convictions, Dodson would have been jailed for at least seven years, if not for his pleas. But he told him: ”You sadly fell back to your old ways…you of all people knew full well what would happen if you were caught again dealing in heroin but it was a risk you were prepared to take. Heroin destroys people’s lives.”
The cash carried by Dodson when he was arrested was passed onto North Wales Police to spend on combating drug crime.