Rhyl and Mochdre men jailed as part of cannabis supply gang


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

THREE men have been jailed for their parts in a cannabis supply gang in North Wales.

Kurt Vincent Sanderson, aged 40, of Ffordd Cystennin, Mochdre, was jailed for two years.

David Paul Roberts, aged 34, of Meirion Close, Rhyl, received 18 months and Trefor Glyn Roberts, aged 40, of Oxwich Road, Mochdre, received 15 months.

They all admitted that they conspired together between June and October, 2012 to supply cannabis.

A covert police investigation observed drugs supplied in the Mochre, Colwyn Bay and Penrhyn Bay areas, and also in places like Holywell and Llangollen.

Detectives also pieced together their phone calls and texts showing how they were working together.

The defendants had all pleaded guilty last summer but the hearing was delayed while other proceedings took place.

Earlier this year a fourth man Corri Twist, aged 37, of Lon Hafren in Rhyl, was cleared at trial of being part of the conspiracy.

Judge Hughes said: “You each played a part in an organised and significant enterprise to supply cannabis in North Wales.

“But you were doing so under the direction of another or others who were more seriously involved who are not before the court.”

All had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and would be given full credit.

A dilapidated property was used by Sanderson to store cannabis and cash and to transfer drugs into smaller packages.

Cannabis worth £20,000 was found hidden under a cooker, explained prosecuting barrister Matthew Curtis.

When Trefor Roberts was arrested, cannabis with an estimated street value of £10,000 was seized.

Maria Massellis, for Trefor Roberts, said her client had re-started cannabis in mid 2011 as an “emotional crutch”, was a heavy user by the time of the offences in 2012 and accepted he started dealing to support his own habit and to make a small income.

Owen Edwards, for Sanderson, said he was a heavy cannabis user who got into debt with his supplier and he was offered a way to pay it off and to earn money by supplying cannabis, which he did on a small basis to start with.

But his role developed in 2012 into that of a courier, he collected money and he also provided the safe house where drugs and money were stored.

Simon Rogers, for David Roberts, said that he was a heavy user, he got into debt with his supplier, and he started to supply to others to pay off that debt.

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