Drug dealer who sold cocaine to 17-year-old boy ordered to pay back £29,000

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

A drug dealer who sold cocaine to a 17-year-old boy on two occasions has been ordered to pay back £29,000 after making more than £50,000. He continued to deal drugs after being placed on bail by police.

David Rodgers, 52, was first raided by police at his Maesteg home on December 1, 2020, at around 8.40am where a number of items were recovered including illegal substances, mobile phones, large quantities of cash, and drug paraphernalia. 340g of amphetamine, worth between £1,880 and £3,760, was discovered along with cannabis and £2,575 in cash.

The defendant was arrested and interviewed but provided no comment. He was released on bail while under investigation. For the latest Welsh news delivered to your inbox sign up to our newsletter.

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On November 10, 2022, a further warrant was executed at Rodgers' Mill Street home and he was present with his partner Jacqueline Jones, 50. A search of the property led to the discovery of 499g of female flowering head cannabis, worth between £2,385 and £4,315, 171g of amphetamine worth between £480 and £800, and 10 tablets of 2C-B.

Also found were zip lock bags, weighing scales, tick lists, and a number of mobile phones. A rose gold iPhone was interrogated and a number of messages were discovered which showed Rodgers had been supplying diazepam between October and November 2021 and 1.13g of diazepam was also discovered.

Further messages on the phone were related to the supply of £100 worth of cocaine and various messages where Rodgers was talking to individuals about unspecified drugs and transferring up to £1,000 in exchange. Both Rodgers and Jones were arrested and asked to supply pins for the phones but refused to do so.

On May 3 last year a 17-year-old boy attended Mill Street and spoke to a man he knew as "Dai Duck" who was the defendant Rodgers. The boy asked for £10 worth of cocaine and Rodgers went into his home and got the drugs before taking the money from the boy. At 7.30pm the boy returned and spoke to Jones who answered the door. She shouted up to Rodgers and took £10 from the boy before Rodgers came to the door with the drugs.

These exchanges came to the attention of the police when a girl known to the 17-year-boy was taken to hospital but there is no evidence to suggest this was a result of the cocaine sold by Rodgers. Police attended Mill Street on May 4 and carried out a third search.

Prosecutor Abigail Jackson said police discovered 498g of amphetamine, worth between £2,400 and £4,800, 41g of cocaine worth £4,100, 80g of cannabis, worth between £320 and £660, and £1,250 in cash. Access was also gained to a caravan parked in Rodgers' garden which was found to contain a number of freezer bags inside of which was 230g of cannabis worth between £946 and £1,760.

A Samsung phone belonging to Jones was seized but Rodgers claimed he didn't have a phone. Using Jones' phone they rang a contact under the name of 'Dai' and could hear Rodgers' phone from a bathroom. CCTV footage was also viewed which showed the defendants supplying cocaine to the 17-year-old boy and Rodgers was also observed to be supplying amphetamine.

Rodgers later pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine, amphetamine, and cannabis, possession with intent to supply amphetamine and cannabis, and possession of cannabis and 2C-B. The court heard he had 12 previous convictions including driving offences for which he was given a suspended sentence of 12 months for which he was in breach.

Jones, of Oakwood, Maesteg, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine. The court heard she had five previous convictions but had not previously committed any drug offences.

Rodgers was sentenced to 58 months imprisonment with a consecutive two months for the breach of the suspended sentence. Jones was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years and was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work.

At a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, May 17, heard Rodgers benefited to the tune of £50,008 as a result of his offending, but only had assets worth £29,026. He was ordered to pay that sum or serve 18 months imprisonment in default.

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