Drugs courier who was caught bringing more than 10,000 "ecstasy" tablets into Carmarthen has been jailed
A DRUGS courier who was caught trying to bring more than 10,000 tablets and cocaine into Carmarthen has been jailed.
Nicholas Rainford had been told the 10,139 tablets were ecstasy, but it was later discovered they were a cocktail of three different class C drugs. He had been told to drive them from Liverpool to another dealer based in Swansea.
The prosecution accepted that Rainford was acting as a drugs courier for the pills but that the 103g of cocaine would have been supplied by Rainford in the Carmarthen area.
Rainford, 27, of Cae Eithin, Carmarthen, was stopped by police in Llandovery on October 20 and officers searched his car.
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He told police: "It's cocaine, it's mine. I picked up the Es from a mate."
Swansea Crown Court heard he had a previous conviction for drugs trafficking in June 2009 when he was convicted of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
Dyfed Thomas, representing Rainford, said the cocaine was of a low purity.
"The purity we see in these courts can range between 10 and 85 per cent but the purity here was 3 per cent.
"This will be his first real taste of custody and it's going to be a substantial sentence," added Mr Thomas.
Judge Peter Heywood said: "I have no doubt if they had reached their supplier, they would have ended up in the various pubs and clubs for sale."
Rainford admitted a charge of possessing cocaine with intent to supply and three counts of possessing Class C drugs.
The judge said: "Dealing in Class A drugs on a commercial scale is always viewed seriously by the courts.
"People become addicted to them readily and it leads to inquisitive offending, that's why courts view possessing them seriously," he added.
He imposed a sentence of three years and two months for the Class A drugs offence and no separate penalty was imposed for the Class C offences.