Couple claimed drugs deal was late night walk at beauty spot
A COUPLE spotted wandering in a Neath beauty spot late at night claimed they were taking a walk but were actually dealing drugs.
Luke Bamford, aged 23, and Kimberley Williams, aged 22, were arrested in the Gnoll Country Park on April 21.
Police Community Support Officers were on patrol there and saw an empty car. As they went over, they could smell cannabis and when they looked inside saw a bag of drugs on the front seat.
The pair, both from Southall Avenue in Neath, returned to the car and officers spoke to them. The pair they admitted it was cannabis and also said there was meow meow in the car too.
When it was tested, the cannabis was found to have a street value of £160 and the meow meow was worth up to £520.
An envelope containing £290 in cash was also found.
Williams originally said she had gone for a walk and said the drugs were both hers.
She told officers the £290 in cash was to pay for her father’s funeral.
But both the pair’s mobile phones were examined and texts were found showing they had been dealing drugs.
In his interview Bamford told police he had run up debts buying drugs and he had begun to deal so he could pay those off.
He admitted sending text messages to set up deals and also that he had been dealing that night in Gnoll Park.
Swansea Crown Court was told Williams had turned to drugs in 2012 when her father died.
She said she had begun a relationship with Williams and had been responsible for driving him around to make drug deals.
Police officers were waiting in the court to arrest Bamford for another matter.
Recorder Mark Powell said he had been asked if that could take place before the hearing but he refused saying the officers were entitled to sit in court but he wanted the hearing to proceed first.
Both had admitted supplying cannabis and meow meow and supplying both drugs.
Recorder Powell said: “You both know, if you didn’t before, that people who deal in drugs, whether class A, B or C, inevitably go to prison.
“If it hadn’t been for the matters I have heard about you both of you would have gone to prison,” but he gave both eight month terms suspended for two years.
Bamford was told to complete 150 hours unpaid work, and Williams was told to complete an activity requirement with the probation service.