Drugs dog sniffs out rail offender

First published in County News

A drugs dog at Swansea railway station sniffed out a Pembrokeshire man planning to deal amphetamine sulphate.

Swansea Crown Court heard that on February 17th, British Transport Police (BTP) officers were carrying out a drugs dog operation at the city’s railway station when Phillip John Jackson was identified by a dog called Diesel as being in possession of an illegal substance.

Jackson, aged 30, of Camrose, immediately became agitated and when asked by an officer whether he had any drugs on him, Jackson replied: “I have some amphet or cocaine down my trousers”.

He was taken into custody where he pulled out a sock from inside his trousers, saying: “I’m transporting it for someone, probably about two or three ounces”.

He later changed his story and said the drugs were for his own use.

Officers discovered a 42.8- gram golf ball-sized lump of amphetamine sulphate. The class B substance had a street value of £2,689.

The following day, a search of Jackson’s premises at The Promenade, Swansea, revealed 6,960 diazepam tablets – a class C drug with a street value of £3,480.

Text messages on Jackson’s mobile phone confirmed numerous correspondences relating to buying drugs.

Detective Constable Alan Curtis, of BTP Cardiff, said: “Illegal drugs are a blight on society and are the single biggest contributing factor to most other crimes, particularly those involving theft or robbery.

“BTP is committed to tackling the issue of drugs on the railway and carries out regular operations across south Wales, including the use of sniffer dogs, to locate those carrying illegal substances on trains and in stations.”

Jackson pleaded guilty to possessing drugs with intent to supply and was given a 12-month community sentence.

An order was also made for the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs and Jackson’s mobile phone.

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