Jailed for selling drug to undercover cop
A WOMAN has been jailed for 16 months after selling heroin to an undercover police officer.
Sarah Wilks was arrested as part of an undercover police operation which ran earlier this year as part of the Heroin Ruins Lives initiative and resulted in more than 40 people arrested from across Swansea, as well as Neath and Port Talbot.
The judge told her heroin was a "scourge on the streets" and by involving herself in the supply of the Class A drug, she was simply adding to the numbers of lives which had already been ruined by the drug.
Wilks admitted a charge of supplying heroin after she was approached by a police officer in High Street, Swansea, in March this year.
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The officer, known as "John" asked her if she had any tobacco before then asking if she knew anyone selling drugs.
The following day, he met her again and he paid her £10 for Wilks to go and return with heroin.
Wilks did not return with the drugs but when "John" saw her the next day she agreed to go see a man called Darren who would supply him with heroin.
He paid her another £30 and she returned with two wraps of heroin.
Wilks, 23, of no fixed address, had no previous convictions for drugs.
Ian Ibrihim, representing her, said: "She's only 23, and still very young and has the rest of her life ahead of her.
"This is clearly a case where an officer has asked her for drugs and she's made no money out of it and she gained nothing except her current incarceration," he said.
"Her hope was that if she helped this stranger, who she met the day before, he may give her some drugs," he added.
"It was only the hope that the undercover officer may have helped her out," he added.
He said she had suffered a tough upbringing, losing her father aged 15. She had started to take drugs aged 17 before she was introduced to heroin.
Judge Paul Thomas, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, said: "These courts will deal with people very severely who are involved in dealing heroin.
"It's a scourge of our streets. The number of people whose lives have been ruined by this drug, yourself included, you are simply adding other people's misery to your own. I bear in mind you have had a particularly bad family background and the state of life that you have due to your heroin addiction is particularly sad," he said.
Heroin Ruins Lives was launched by South Wales Police in October last year, with the South Wales Evening Post as its partner.
It urged people to get in touch if they had any suspicions about people dealing drugs and police were able to make a number of arrests as a result.