A TEENAGE drug dealer was caught by police after using counterfeit notes to buy a mobile phone.
Thomas David William Povey, 18, started selling cannabis after building up a £700 drug debt.
And after buying £100 worth of counterfeit notes for £20, Povey, of Glan Gors, Caia Park, used the fake money to buy a mobile phone he had seen advertised on Facebook.
When the seller realised he had been given four fake £20 notes in exchange for the phone, police were informed.
And a search of Povey’s bedroom turned up drug paraphernalia, including digital scales and ziplock bags.
Povey, who was 17 when the offences were committed, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court to tendering counterfeit notes and possession of a class B drug with intent to supply, as well as admitting failure to comply with a youth rehabilitation order.
And yesterday district judge Gwyn Jones decided an immediate custodial sentence was appropriate.
“Drug dealers and those involved with drugs must understand their activities harm the local community and this case is no exception”, Mr Jones said.
And he added. “You are a bright young man with the potential to do positive work, but have not taken advantage of the help and guidance you have been given in the past.”
Povey was sentenced to 120 days detention in a facility for young offenders.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, said in interview Povey told police: “I’m going to get in so much s*** now.”
Bethan Jones, defending, said Povey was an “eloquent” and “intelligent” person who “quite frankly is not someone you would expect to appear before the court”.
Miss Jones added Povey had issues going back to 2009 relating to the break-up of the family unit.
But he was now in a stable relationship with a 23-year-old he was living with and was keen to live “a normal life”. “He realises the position he is in and throws himself on the mercy of the court.”