Port Talbot drug dealer is sentenced to seven years in jail
A DRUG dealer has been jailed for seven years after being found guilty of possessing heroin with intent to supply.
The judge told Lee Slater that drugs were “a trade in death” and the courts had to act to stamp their supply out.
Swansea Crown Court was told that Slater, who had denied the charge, was stopped by police while driving his Ford Fiesta on the M4 motorway near Port Talbot.
After his arrest he had to be taken to hospital for treatment on February 28 after telling officers that he had swallowed 4.53g of heroin.
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In his interview, later on, he denied that he intended to sell the heroin and said that he was planning to use it himself.
He also told police that his son had died three weeks earlier in a traffic accident and he had bought the drug to ease his pain.
Slater said that when he realised police were following him he swallowed the drug.
The 48-year-old, of Angel Street, Port Talbot, who had two previous convictions for a similar offence, was found guilty by a jury of five women and seven men at Swansea Crown Court.
Recorder Greg Bull told him he had to be sentenced to a minimum term of seven years as it was his third identical conviction.
“You know I am required by law to sentence you to a minimum of seven years in prison, that’s because you have already committed crimes of this sort,” he said.
“Drugs are a trade in death,” the judge stated, adding that the courts had to act to try to stamp out their supply.