A COCAINE supplier who had been chased by police jumped into a river where he ditched drugs with an estimated value of £2,000.
Officers had to enter the river to arrest Andrew Murphy, who kicked out and struggled.
Police had to use their batons and incapacitant spray to gain control of the 26-year-old, who had to be carried from the scene in leg restraints.
Murphy, of Lamberton Drive, Brymbo, admitted possessing cocaine, a class A drug, with intent to supply, following his arrest last July.
He was jailed for 21 months – to be served consecutively to a 27-month sentence already imposed for other offences which occurred at the same time – making four years in all.
Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court yesterday, told him: “Frankly you are a danger to young people in that you will continuously supply drugs.”
Mr Parry said there was a significant quantity of drugs involved and he was clearly involved on a fairly serious level.
He had a previous conviction for doing exactly the same thing, which resulted in a two-year sentence but he had committed the same crime again.
Brett Williamson, prosecuting, said at 4am on July 13 last year a silver Vauxhall Astra sped off from Wrexham town centre, followed by the police.
The car came to a halt in Bersham and Murphy, the driver, fled off through cornfields on foot, jumping over fences.
He was pursued by a number of police officers, including a dog handler, who were directed from an air support unit helicopter which was also scrambled.
Murphy hid under the roots of trees on the banks of a river and refused to come out.
He was kicking and thrashing about and between eight and 10 wraps of cocaine were seen to float out on the stream.
Officers had to enter the water and, after the use of batons and incapacitant spray, he was eventually overpowered and was carried from the scene in leg restraints.
Police recovered only three of the cocaine wraps from the river.
If they had all been of the same weight, the estimated value of the cocaine would have been £2,000.
Further drugs and cutting agents were found at his home.
John Wyn Williams, defending, said that through no fault of his own, the case had not been dealt with last October when he was jailed for other matters which occurred at the same time.
He said “totality” was an important issue in the case.
Murphy had worked in the past and was a young man of potential but unfortunately he fell into the use of drugs, socially at first, which led to his downfall.
He had a previous conviction for supplying drugs and he had clearly not heeded the warning from that stage.