Liverpool drug dealers who moved to Swansea beginning lengthy terms
THREE men who moved from Liverpool to Swansea to sell drugs are today beginning lengthy jail terms.
Steven Kendrick, Daniel Doran, both aged 22, and Sam Stapleton, 26, all admitted playing a part in bringing drugs with a street value of more than £11,000 into the city.
Doran and Kendrick both admitted charges of conspiring to supply heroin and cocaine. They had moved into a flat in Hanover Street, Swansea, and were dealing heroin and cocaine from the flat between July and August.
Stapleton, of no fixed address, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine, after he was arrested while working as a courier, driving drugs from Liverpool to Swansea.
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Prosecuting barrister Paul Hobson said police had found evidence of cash deposits which had been made at banks in Swansea, and withdrawals made in Liverpool, as well as text messages, supporting their case the trio were working on behalf of dealers in Liverpool.
"The prosecution say the motive was financial in nature, either by relieving a drugs debt or for positive payment," said Mr Hobson.
The arrests came about in August, after Stapleton was stopped on the M4 transporting drugs into Swansea.
When officers searched his car they found drugs with a street value of £4,000 hidden in the rear tail light.
Officers then went to the home of Kendrick and Doran and as they arrived to raid the house, the pair began throwing drugs out of the window.
Police found more than 200 individual deals of varying sizes and a street value of £7,000 in the Hanover Street address.
Cash and a stun gun were also recovered from the house in Hanover Street.
The court heard Stapleton turned to drugs after the breakdown of his family and the loss of his job.
Both Kendrick and Doran had begun using drugs and had become unable to pay for them, their barristers told the court.
Judge Huw Davies, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, said: "The fall from grace which each of you had by committing these offences had something in common — all of you had lapsed into the use of drugs. For some of you it had been longer term than others."
Kendrick and Doran were jailed for 40 months on each count. Those terms will run concurrently. Stapleton was jailed for 27 months.