Man found with meow meow in Pontardawe nightclub avoids jail
A MAN caught supplying meow meow in a Swansea Valley nightclub has avoided jail.
Richard Lamnea was found by security staff coming out of the toilets in the Pontardawe's Paradise club with "half gram deal" bags of the drug in his pocket worth up to £195.
Swansea Crown Court heard that at the time he was caught in May last year, he was on bail after being found in a car in Carlton Terrace in Swansea with up to £1,000 worth of mephedrone — known as meow-meow — in the glove box.
Lamnea had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing the Class B drug with intent to supply when he appeared for sentencing.
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He had also pleaded guilty to possessing 13 diazepam tablets, which had been found in his Griffiths John Street home.
Paul Hobson, in mitigation, said prior to 2011 his client had never been in trouble, having a new child with his partner and working in his father's landscape gardening business. But in a short period of time the relationship ended and the firm folded, and shortly afterwards "he was introduced to mephedrone" which he found "highly addictive".
He said: "When he was addicted to this drug as night follows day he got into trouble. He has realised — not before time — that he can only be a responsible father when he is drug free."
Lamnea was jailed for 12 months for each possession with intent charge to run concurrently, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and was given a 12 month supervision order.
No penalty was imposed for possessing the tablets.
Recorder Keith Bush said: "You were found in a nightclub frequented by young people, clearly intending to supply mephedrone. Clearly you would have been under no illusion as to the effects it can have on other young people."