Suspended sentence for drug landlord

First published in County News

A Haverfordwest pub landlord who was ready to deal in amphetamine and grew cannabis plants has received a suspended prison sentence.

Elfryn James Williams, who runs the Snowdrop Inn in Snowdrop Lane, had been found guilty of possessing more than 52 grams of amphetamine with intent to supply.

Williams, aged 44, had already admitted producing cannabis plants.

Robert Daniel Thomas, 43, of Heywood Court, Tenby, admitted his involvement in the cannabis operation.

Williams was jailed for ten months, suspended for two years, and placed on probation for two years. He was also ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work for the community and must pay £1,030 in costs.

Thomas was made the subject of a 12-month community order.

Swansea crown court heard how police officers searched a home in Pelcomb Bridge, on May 11th last year.

While they were there Williams turned up.

The detectives found a plastic tub in the garden with the amphetamine inside. They also found digital weighing scales displaying traces of caffeine on the pans.

Caffeine had been used as a cutting agent to reduce the strength.

In a garage, a room had been created with a concealed entrance. Inside officers found more then 70 cannabis plants in various stages of growth.

Police also found a mobile telephone which led them to Thomas. At his home they found a “shopping list” of cannabis growing equipment.

Judge Keith Thomas said he could not understand why the Crown Prosecution Service had accepted guilty pleas on the basis that the men had been involved in growing only ten plants when he had photographs of more than 70.

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