A Neath drug dealer rented flats to sell heroin
A DRUG dealer who rented three flats to run his illegal business has been jailed for three years.
Jason Brooks, aged 34, had rented three flats in St John’s Terrace in Neath Abbey.
Police went there on August 7 at 10.30am with a search warrant to search those properties suspecting he was living in one and using the others to sell heroin.
Inside, they found him stood outside one of the flats.
When officers went inside they only found 2.4g of heroin, which has a street value of about £80, they were hidden behind the television and in a bread bin.
But officers found more than £1,000 in cash, with £900 stored in his wallet and more than £100 in a purse, as well as three sets of digital scales - one set in each flat.
They also seized five mobile phones which contained text messages showing he had been involved in drug dealing.
Brooks, now of no fixed address, admitted being concerned in the supply of a class A drug.
Barrister Ian Ibrahim said the prosecution accepted his role had been to distribute the drugs but that there were dealers above him in the chain.
His previous convictions included many for offences linked to his long-standing heroin addiction.
Frank Phillips, for Brooks, said although his client had a large amount of convictions they were all connected to his own addiction.
Judge Keith Thomas jailed him for three years.
He said Brooks had been dealing the drugs as part of a “substantial operation” and said he had no doubt that he had been recruited as a way of funding his own habit.