Two scooter-riding heroin dealers were caught after eagle-eyed plain clothes police officers saw them dealing in the street, a court has heard.
Cameron Henry and Jayden Ramsden fled but were tracked through town by CCTV operators who directed police to their hiding place in a homeware shop.
Swansea Crown Court heard one of the defendants has a previous conviction for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs after he had been part of a gang who took over an vulnerable woman’s home to use as a base for dealing while the other has a previous conviction for manslaughter.
Robin Rouch, prosecution, said shortly before noon on September 19 this year plain clothes police officers operating in the Mount Pleasant area of Swansea spotted two men on scooters conducting what they thought was a “transaction” with a third male. As the officers moved in the men fled.
The court heard the officers contacted CCTV operators and asked them to monitor the route the two-wheeled dealers were taking and as a result the police were able to track them down to the Wilko shop in the city centre. The police identified themselves and 19-year-old Ramsden threw his scooter away and tried to run off but was caught. Henry, aged 23, remained in the shop and was also detained. Ramsden was searched and found to be in possession of a lock knife, a phone, and strips of paper containing a mobile number. When Henry was searched he was found with two mobiles and the number of one of these was the same as the number written on the strips of paper Ramsden had on him.
Mr Rouch said an examination of the seized phones showed both defendants had sent out bulk text messages to customers including one from Ramdsen which simply said: “Shop open.” That afternoon police executed a search warrant at Henry’s mother’s house, where both defendants had apparently been staying, and at the property they found 30 wraps of heroin.
Cameron Henry, of Watkin Street, Mount Pleasant, Swansea, and Jayden Diaz Ramsden, of Kingswmead Close, Derby, both admitted possession of of heroin with intent to supply. Ramdsen admitted possession of a knife.
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Henry has a previous conviction for conspiracy to supply Class A drug from 2018 for which he was sentenced to 56 months detention. The court heard this offence saw Henry acting as part of a group of five men who took over the home of a vulnerable woman and used it as a base for dealing. He was released on licence from that sentence in December last year.
Ramsden has a previous conviction for manslaughter. The prosecutor said the incident had seen the defendant and a man involved in a fight during which a knife was produced, seemingly by the other man, which Ramsden picked up and used. He was released on licence from that sentence in September 2019.
Ian Ibrahim, for Henry, said the former warehouse worker was “devastated by his own actions” and knew he had brought shame on his family.
Sarah Day, for Ramsden, said the defendant’s girlfriend had recently given birth to twins and he realised he would not be around as she embarked on the journey of parenthood.
Judge Catherine Richards told the defendants that people who supply Class A drugs knew they faced significant prison sentences if caught. She said Henry was supposed to be living out of the Swansea area as part of the conditions of his prison release licence while Ramsden came from Derby and the implication was both men had come together at the Mount Pleasant house of Henry’s mother in order to deal drugs.
Giving the defendants a 25% discount for their guilty pleas the judge sentenced Henry to four years and one month in prison and Ramsden to three years with the latter given a shorter term to take account of his age. Ramsden was also sentenced to three months for the possession of the knife to run consecutively, making his total sentence one of three years and three months.
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