A man arrested twice for drug dealing in Rhyl has been jailed for five years and eight months.
Alieu Jasseh was caught swallowing wraps of drugs in a town centre alleyway in May by community officers. He was bailed but caught again nearly two month later with vast quantities of crack cocaine and heroin inside a car.
A judge told the 27 year-old man, originally from London, that he had contributed to ‘untold misery’ on drug addicts and had put himself at risk.
Mold Crown Court heard Jasseh made around £100 a day from dealing. Cocaine and heroin hidden inside a Kinder chocolate egg was among a number of items found at his Elwy Street home after his first arrest.
He was being driven as a car passenger in the town when police stopped him again on 2nd July and recovered 119 packs of crack cocaine and 77 packs of heroin.
Jasseh was said to have smoked cannabis but only sold hard drugs to make money instead of feeding any personal addiction. At one point, he was assaulted for selling in another dealer’s patch.
The defence said he had financial problems because he could not claim benefits and his Gambian mother had not registered his birth, meaning he had no National Insurance number – and despite being born in the UK, his immigration status was unclear.
Judge Rhys Rowlands told Jasseh that he knew if he was caught, he ”would be going to prison for a long time”. He added his psychiatric problems had been made worse because he was a cannabis user and claimed apologists ought to consider the case. The judge also commended the community officers involved in his first arrest.
After sentencing on Thursday, Inspector Alwyn Williams at Rhyl police station said: ”His incarceration is the result of local officers work under Operation Damine and information from our communities which can often take time to bear fruit so we appreciate their patience and I would encourage that flow of information continue as today’s result shows.”