A MAN described as a low level crack cocaine dealer has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Gavin James White, 28, had changed his lifestyle since his arrest in April for dealing the drug in Wrexham.
He had tackled his own drugs problem and secured a place on a college joinery course, Mold Crown Court was told yesterday.
But Judge Rhys Rowlands said he could not agree to a suspended sentence.
“You chose to take the risk of dealing in cocaine – a class A drug – and you must now take the consequences,” the judge told him.
White, of Y Wern, Caia Park, Wrexham, was warned if he had been convicted after trial he would have been jailed for 45 months.
But he would receive full credit for his early guilty plea to possessing crack cocaine with a street value of £900 with intent to supply.
“Any involvement with class A drugs such as crack cocaine is a serious matter,” Judge Rowlands said.
White was in possession of 45 individual wraps. In his pre-sentence report he claimed he was simply buying in bulk for a group of five, was holding the drugs for them all and there was no financial motive.
The judge said he would not sentence on that basis without hearing evidence.
But prosecutor Simon Rogers said it was the prosecution case White was a commercial supplier, although at a low level.
White was the passenger in a car stopped by police at Pont Wen in Wrexham one evening in April.
When officers searched his home they found 7.73 grammes of crack cocaine, with a street value of £900.
They also seized cannabis which White admitted was for his own use.
White had numerous previous convictions but nothing for similar offences.
Mark Connor, defending, said the prosecution case was accepted. It clearly passed the custody threshold but he suggested the sentence could be suspended.
Since his arrest White had referred himself to the Arch drugs initiative and enrolled on a college joinery course.
“He has chosen to make positive changes to his life,” Mr Connor said, adding White was genuinely at a turning point in his life.