A DRUG dealer who was caught with a potential £600,000 haul of cocaine and heroin along with a sawn-off shotgun in a container in Wrexham has been ordered to pay back more than £40,000 and been made the subject of a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO).

Robert James Jarvis was jailed for 10 years and four months in May this year after he was found to have played a “leading role” in an operation which could have flooded the area’s streets with hard drugs.

Jarvis, 33, of no fixed abode, admitted possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply diamorhphine (heroin), possession of fire arms, possession of a firearm without a certificate, possession of ammunition and possession of criminal property (cash), all on January 23 this year.

A large amount of adulterating agent found in the lock-up in Borras would have enabled the drug dealer to increase his profits from his weighing and bagging operation and boost the street value of the cocaine to around £500,000.

Appearing again via videolink from HMP Altcourse at Mold Crown Court for a Proceeds of Crime hearing, Jarvis listened as prosecutor Jade Tufail described his offences as "drug dealing at the highest level".

She told the court that officers had found a total of five shotguns in the container along with boxes of ammunition and 10 mobile phones. Ms Tufail added that Jarvis had a history "violence and dishonesty" and had been jailed for 10 years for an aggravated burglary and wounding in 2010 so a SCPO should be made.

Phillip Tully, defending, argued that restrictions on Jarvis' bank accounts, communications and vehicles owned were "not necessary" and "not proportionate" to the offences.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said he felt there was "strong inference" that Jarvis would involve himself again with serious offending upon his release and added he felt an order was necessary and would protect the public.

Ordering Jarvis to pay back a total of £44,032.84, Judge Rowlands made him the subject of a SCPO for five years from the time of his release, restricting him from having two current accounts, owning two vehicles, two mobile phones and not to be in possession of more than £5,000 in cash.