A prolific drug dealer was found with £2,000 worth of heroin and cocaine in his third drugs offence before the age of 21.
Calvin Plummer, 20, was apprehended by police in Cardiff at around 9.30pm on June 3 after they noticed a number of people going back and forth between a house in Splott in a suspicious manner.
When officers attended the house in Cumrae Street there was movement inside and two men attempted to escape from the back of the property. They chased after the men, and while one of them escaped they managed to take hold of Plummer and arrested him.
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A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday heard a search was carried out on the defendant and a number of drugs were found in a jacket pocket and a Nike bum bag.
These included 28 wraps of heroin weighing 3.58g, 23 wraps of crack cocaine weighing 3.327g, a package of heroin weighing 3.19g and a further 23 wraps of cocaine weighing 25.15g.
The total amount of drugs found were valued between £1,920 and £2,280.
Also found on Plummer was a lock knife, £686 in cash and a small amount of cannabis in a grinder.
Prosecutor Ieuan Bennett said it was believed the larger amounts of drugs found in the bum bug were to be sold to street dealers and not directly to users.
Plummer, of Chester Street, Wolverhampton, later pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs, possession of class B drugs and possession of an offensive weapon.
The court also heard the defendant had previous convictions for supplying heroin and cocaine and had also been convicted of possessing a handgun and ammunition, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assaulting emergency workers.
In mitigation, Owen Williams conceded his client had been a prolific offender, but claimed these were the offences “of a child”.
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He added: “He lived a very unsettling and deserted childhood, and was taken into care at a young age.”
The barrister said the defendant now had insight into his offending and would be using his time in custody constructively.
Sentencing, Recorder Simon Mills said: “It gives the court no pleasure to see a 20-year-old in serious trouble like this…You have been part of a drug and gang subculture, you have chosen to live this lifestyle for the time being and what you have got to do now is to reflect on your life and reflect on the fact you’re throwing it away. When you’re released you have still got your whole life ahead of you.”
Plummer was sentenced to a total of 2,445 days imprisonment, which comes to just under seven years.
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