Trio caught washing heroin down drain avoid jail term
THREE men found by police washing heroin down a drain have avoided prison.
Christopher Davies, 28, Robert Hanney, 28, and Dean Mullaney, 27, all appeared in the dock at Swansea Crown Court.
The court heard how police raided a house in Tudor Road, Treboeth, on October 10 and found all three men inside.
As officers went inside they found Hanney and Mullaney in the living room and Davies was in the kitchen, near the sink, with the taps running.
Prosecutor Dyfed Thomas said: "It appeared heroin had been disposed of down the sink.
"A forensic search revealed the presence of heroin after swabs were taken."
He said evidence was recovered by police which showed heroin had been on the kitchen door and the work surfaces.
After small amounts of heroin were recovered, all three were arrested.
Davies gave a no comment interview, Hanney admitted he had been at the address to smoke heroin and said he had a £30 daily habit.
Mullaney also admitted using heroin at the address earlier in the day.
Davies and Hanney had previous drugs convictions the court heard, but Mullaney had no previous convictions for drugs offences. Frank Phillips, for Davies, admitted his client had committed this latest offence while on licence and said he had a lengthy substance misuse problem.
Mr Phillips said his client would be "assisted" if he was made subject to a community order.
"He's clearly someone who does need help," he added.
John Allchurch, representing Mullaney, said his client had a "chaotic" lifestyle and asked the judge to impose a fine.
Steve John, representing Hanney, said: "He recognises he has an issue with drug misuse and recognises the need to deal with that."
All three admitted possessing heroin.
Judge Huw Davies imposed a 12-month community order on Hanney, of Lloyd Road, Treboeth, and Mullaney, of the same road, and ordered they complete 12 months supervision. They were also made subject to a drugs order for nine months.
Davies, of Alexandra Road, Swansea, was given a 12-month community order and 12 months supervision.
He was also told to complete a probation order called "Building Skills for Recovery".