Man lost colour in his face before passing out after being pulled over by road cops

A man lost the colour in his face before passing out after being pulled over by road cops when he had a third of a million pounds worth of coke hidden in the vehicle.

Rhys Cox was stopped by the local force in a vehicle linked to a man who was found in possession of heroin, cocaine, ketamine and cannabis.

When the 31-year-old was pulled over by police on the M4 on December 15 last year and began sweating profusely, changed his account of where he had been and was acting suspiciously after being confronted by cops.

A sentencing hearing on Friday heard that when the defendant was detained and told the car would be searched. Cox became pale, lost his balance and collapsed to the floor, reports Wales Online.

After he came around, he was asked if there was anything in the car. He replied: "Cocaine, a lot".

A sports bag was found in the front of the vehicle which contained 10 large blocks of cocaine, marked with a Dior logo.

One of the blocks was weighed at 1,081g and was of 82% purity. Each block was around 1kg in weight and had a combined value of between £230,000 and £320,000.

The car Cox was driving was insured in the name of the partner of Owen Morgan who was traced to an address where Morgan was arrested.

While searching the property a bunch of keys was found on a windowsill and a wet pair of black trainers containing a plastic bag was found in the garden which was full of cocaine.

This was found to be 16.3g of cocaine, worth between £920 and £1,150. Another carrier bag was found near a brick wall, which was found to contain 435g of cannabis, worth between £1,800 and £3,300.

Prosecutor Nigel Fry said Morgan was the lead offender and had influence on others in the supply chain, including Cox. It was said he provided the car for Cox to travel to Liverpool.

Morgan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, and possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs. The court heard he had a previous conviction related to drug offences. Cox, of Premier Inn, Sarn, Bridgend, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

In mitigation, Hashim Salman said Morgan had two young children and two young stepchildren. He said the defendant had an extremely challenging childhood because of a serious health condition.

Andrew Taylor, for Cox, said his client had become homeless after the end of a relationship and had a cocaine habit. He had hoped to pay off a £7,000 drug debt by carrying out the trip to Liverpool.

Recorder Robin Rouch told the defendants it was their choice to become involved in the offences and they knew the "misery drugs can bring". Morgan was sentenced to a total of 10 years imprisonment. Cox was sentenced to 68 months imprisonment.

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