Prison for drug dealer who hid wraps in mouth
A MAN who dealt drugs has been caught out by undercover police officers for the second time and given a second jail term.
Michael Flynn, 32, was storing wraps of heroin in his mouth when two undercover officers, known as John and Lee, approached him in Swansea city centre.
The pair were working as part of a high-profile police scheme to battle heroin use in the city called Operation Bastion.
Operation Bastion is part of the force's hard-hitting Heroin Ruins Lives campaign, which the Evening Post is proud to be a partner in.
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On April 19, the pair went to Flynn, who was at the junction of Argyle Street and Oxford Street, and asked if they were waiting for "CJ", a known drug dealer.
Flynn replied "No, I am dealing bags. I have got four."
The two officers then each bought a wrap for £10 and two further 1g deals.
The deals were both poor quality and low purity, Swansea Crown Court was told.
Patrick Griffiths, prosecuting, said: "The defendant produced them from his mouth. He then said: 'I reckoned you were waiting but I didn't want to be rude in asking."
The officers then took his number so they could arrange further deals, said Mr Griffiths.
The court was told he had previous convictions for drugs offences and had been jailed for two years in January 2011 for supplying cocaine. That conviction came after he was arrested by undercover officers in July 2010.
Giles Hayes, representing Flynn, of Bond Street, Swansea, said: "He's now mature and realistic enough to know he can't continue his life in this way. He will spend his time in custody productively and put it to good use."
He said he had already sought help to conquer his addiction.
Judge Peter Heywood said: "Those who deal in Class A drugs, even to undercover police officers, commit serious offences which result in immediate custodial sentences." He added: "It's clear you have made strenuous efforts on your own behalf and seem to have done something about your drug addiction."
He then jailed Flynn, who admitted two counts of supplying heroin, for three years.