Drug courier who made £80,000 ordered to pay back just £1

-Credit: (Image: South Wales Police)
-Credit: (Image: South Wales Police)

A drugs courier found in possession of more than £10,000 worth of cocaine when stopped by police travelling back from Liverpool to south Wales has been ordered to pay back £1 after making more than £80,000. A total of 250g of the class A drug were found in total.

Jonathan Jackson, 34, and his girlfriend Katie Jones, 26, were stopped on May 23 between junction 30 for Cardiff East and junction 32 for Cardiff North and Merthyr Tydfil. Police had received intelligence the couple were potentially involved in the supply of drugs.

The car was searched and the cocaine was found in a central console. Jones initially claimed she had travelled to Liverpool to see her family, but they weren't in. Jackson, of Main Road, Abercynon, later pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply controlled drugs of class A. The court heard he had three previous convictions for unrelated matters.

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Jones, of Holly Street, Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd, later pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine. The court heard she was of previous good character.

Jackson was sentenced to a total of 33 months imprisonment. Jones was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for 24 months.

A Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, May 17, heard Jackson benefited to the tune of £86,268, but didn't have any available assets. He was ordered to pay back a nominal sum of £1.

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