Drugs dealer jailed
1:43pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A DRUGS dealer from Newcastle Emlyn has been jailed for three years and three months today.
Steffan Owen, aged 52, had denied possessing 1.3 grams of heroin with intent to supply but was convicted by a jury at Swansea crown court.
He had already admitted the possession for personal use of two Class C drugs, buphremorphine and diazepam.
Owen also admitted possessing a locknife in a public place and being in breach of a conditional discharge imposed for shoplifting a bottle of vodka.
Tom Scrapens, prosecuting, said three plain clothes detectives stopped Owen in Priory Street, Cardigan, on December 17 last year.
They suspected he was carrying heroin and took Owen, of 1 Castle Green, Pentrecagel, to Cardigan police station where he was strip searched.
Owen was then taken to Bronglais hospital, Aberystwyth, where an x-ray revealed “a solid package” in his anus.
Owen was kept in Aberystwyth police station where the following day nature took its course.
Owen produced a bag containing eight wraps of heroin.
Mr Scrapens said it was significant that four amounts of heroin were wrapped in blue plastic and three larger quantities were wrapped in clear plastic.
He said this was to enable Owen to know what he was dealing in at the point of sale.
.Ian Wright, the barrister representing Owen, said he had made tremendous efforts to put his life back on track after years of using heroin.
“If he is jailed then all his good work would come tumbling down,” he added.
In a unique development, Owen was sentenced by Judge Philip Hughes while Owen sat in the dock at Swansea crown court and Judge Hughes sat in Mold crown court, the courts being connected by video link.
However, there wasn’t a camera focussed on the dock at Swansea and so Judge Hughes could not actually see Owen.
Nor could he hear him because the dock did not have a microphone installed.
But Owen could hear Judge Hughes tell him that the sentence he would pass was designed to deter others from dealing in heroin as well as punish him.
He said Owen had been motivated by financial gain.
He added that he noted that Owen had been convicted in 2009 of possessing heroin.