Blackwood drug dealer ran ‘one-man band’ cocaine operation

A DRUG dealer who ran a ‘one man’ cocaine operation has been jailed for nearly five years after being found guilty at trial.

Richard Haynes, 31, from Blackwood, was also found guilty of trafficking cannabis in the Gwent Valleys.

Prosecutor Nuhu Gobir told the jury how the defendant’s house was raided by police last fall.

Officers found £1,000 cash in a wallet and a checklist showing his clients owed him over £2,000.

They also seized a cell phone implicating him in class A and B drug trafficking and his text messages were used against him in the trial.

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Haynes, of Gordon Road, was found guilty of being involved in the supply of cocaine.

The defendant admitted to being concerned with the supply of cannabis and the possession of criminal property.

The offenses were committed between June and September 2021.

The accused has 14 prior convictions for 23 offenses including possession of cocaine and cannabis.

Joshua Scouller, representing Haynes, told Cardiff Crown Court: “He had a number of debts and was feeding his own habit.

“The defendant had been a user for some time.”

Mr Scouller described his client as a “one-man gang” drug dealer.

His lawyer added how Haynes had endured “a troubled past and upbringing”.

Judge Recorder Lucy Crowther told the defendant: ‘It falls within the definition of street trading for sentencing guidelines when it comes to drug offenses of this nature.

“You were actually a cocaine user yourself at the time and it is argued that you may not have known the extent of the whole operation, that must be true.

“You’re actually running your own very small operation, but the posts show you discussing issues upstream and downstream.”

Haynes was jailed for 56 months and said he would serve half that sentence before being released on license.

The accused is due to face a proceeds of crime hearing on September 7.

He also admitted to breaching a community order for a traffic violation.

Evelyn C. Tobin