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Buckley cocaine dealer jailed for 28 months

A BUCKLEY man caught dealing in cocaine has been jailed for 28 months.

Neil Roberts, 32, of Burntwood Road, Buckley, was due to be sentenced last week for admitting possessing cocaine with intent to supply, but he drank alcohol for Dutch courage, got drunk and failed to attend court.

Roberts had become a low- level street dealer and his best mitigation was his guilty plea.

He received a 27 month sentence with an additional one month for failing to answer his bail last week, which he admitted.

David Mainstone, prosecuting, said PC Anthony Butlin and two special constables saw the defendant leave his home and go towards a white van parked outside.

When he saw the police car drive past, he ran off. He was pursued and found hiding in a hedge.

Mr Mainstone said there was another man in the van and three mobile phones, one linked to the defendant which had texts on it indicative of drug dealing.

As he ran Roberts had discarded a package of cocaine.

His home was searched and in total police received cocaine with a street value of £1,400 and about £600 in cash.

Robin Boag, defending, said his client had a good job but when that ended and money was limited he had started to subsidise his own drugs by supplying friends and associates who he knew already used the drug.

There was no financial gain, no lavish life-style and the defendant lived at home with his mother.