Hope cocaine dealer sold drug to fund his own habit


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN who offered to supply cocaine to fund his own habit has been jailed for two years.

Michael James Taylor, 25, of Stryt Isa, Hope, had been addicted to the class A drug since he was a teenager.

He said he had been an addict for nine or 10 years, had run up a debt and was finding it hard to fund his addiction.

In his basis of plea, he said he accepted he offered to supply cocaine on behalf of the person he was buying the drug from to help reduce his debt and fund his own habit.

Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said that it was a very serious matter and it was clear from items found at his home that he was heavily involved.

Judge Parry said he accepted Taylor’s offending arose out of his addiction.

Taylor admitted he offered to supply cocaine in June and July of last year in the Rhostyllen area.

He received a two-year sentence with a consecutive three month sentence for a separate offence of handling stolen goods, which he admitted. That made a total sentence of 27 months.

Kate Meredith-Jones, prosecuting, said that police went to a house in Wrexham Road, Rhostyllen, where Taylor had been staying, in July last year over other matters.

When his mobile phone was examined, it revealed ‘a significant exchange of text messages indicative of drug dealing’.

Police searched Taylor’s address and recovered scales, plastic bags and a wrap of white powder.

His phone showed he was known as someone who could supply drugs, often at short notice, but he refused to do so on credit.

There was reference to him making a lot of money and while he generally spoke of smaller quantities one customer had asked for two ounces for £1,000.

The charge of handling stolen goods arose following a burglary, for which others had been sentenced, in Miller Road, Brymbo, in July last year, while a family slept.

Property and vehicles had been taken.

In his basis of plea, Taylor said that others came to a house where he was staying at the time with electrical items which he believed were stolen.

He admitted that he had sold a stolen television for £50 to fund his drug use.

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