Cardiff

Jail time, community order handed to cannabis pair

Michael Samual  / © South Wales Police

Michael Samual / © South Wales Police

A man has been jailed for possession with the intent to supply cannabis – some of which was hidden in his underwear.

Michael Samuel, 28, of Newport Road in Caldicot – who was also in possession of cocaine – was sentenced to four years and eight months by Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke at Cardiff Crown Court. 

He was pulled over by police on Cardiff Road in Barry last July after he was seen to be not wearing a seatbelt.

Officers detected a strong smell of cannabis and searched him and his passenger, co-defendant Antonia Barker. 

Whilst nothing was found on either person, officers found a satchel under the driver’s seat containing £665 in cash, three bags of cocaine, empty “deal bags”, digital weighing scales and other items – he said “it isn’t mine” and that the cash was savings.

Travelling to Bridgend Police Station, officers could still smell a strong scent of cannabis coming from Samuel. He told them it was “in his pants”, before he was strip-searched and was found to be carrying cannabis and six bags of cocaine.

The court heard how he was a plumber’s mate, helps his brother on the weekend and also helps his sister deliver fast food.

His defence barrister, Gareth Morley, said: “The amounts involved are not huge, and he’s kept out of trouble.”

Before passing her sentence on Samuel, the judge said: “The high purity of the cocaine was an aggravating factor.”

Barker, 25, of Warwick Way in Barry was later arrested, telling officers: “I knew you were coming.” Her phone – which was registered to Samuel – was seized and was found to contain messages related to drug dealing. She denied knowledge of the messages and being involved.

Her defence barrister, Christopher Rees, said her involvement “does not cross custody threshold” as she had a “lesser role”.

She was handed a 24-month community order, with 15 days of rehabilitation activity, and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, after eventually admitting she was concerned in the supply of a Class B drug.

In total, the cannabis was valued around £40 and the cocaine – which has a purity of around 83% - was valued around £900.

The judge ordered the drugs and associated items to be destroyed.

nextbike UK to double bikes in Cardiff next year

nextbike UK has announced plans to double the number of bicycles in the Welsh capital by summer 2019.

The nextbike Cardiff scheme launched in March with 5 docking stations and 50 bikes, and as of September there have been 500 bikes. A further 65 docking stations will go live next year, doubling the number of bikes.

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Last month Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport at Cardiff Council, Councillor Caro Wild, revealed that in October there were over 50,000 rentals in Cardiff, and nearly 150,000 since launching.

Speaking about the schemes success, he said: “We’ve broken records in terms of the most popular scheme across the UK so we’ve just been delighted, but also delighted how it’s brought lots of different people to maybe take a bike for the first time that otherwise wouldn’t have done. 

“There’s bike hire places not just in the city centre – we’re out in some of our suburbs which have also been popular.” 

“People are sick of congestion. A lot of people don't want to use their cars but they haven’t had alternatives in the past.”

nextbike have teamed up with Cardiff Bay-based charity Pedal Power to maintain the bikes – they will grow their team to keep up with the demand.

One student from the city, Ella Walsh, said that hiring the bikes is “really easy” and that pricing was “reasonable”.

Dave Leemas is a regular nextbike user, he believes that the scheme is “great” for commutes, and believes it is “faster and more under your own control than public transport”.

In weeks to come the company will be asking their social media followers for input on where the new docking stations should be. 65 locations will be picked before the roll-out begins in 2019.

Prison, driving ban for 21-year-old cannabis seller

Cardiff Crown Court  / © Jordan Howell

Cardiff Crown Court / © Jordan Howell

A man has been jailed for 13 months after pleading guilty to possession with the intent to supply cannabis.

Billy Wait, 21, of Prince Street in Pontypool was sentenced by judge Mr Recorder David Harris at Cardiff Crown Court.

He was also given a driving ban of 18 months and ordered to pay £140 in costs.

Wait was stopped by police in the early hours of April 15th after they became aware that he was driving without insurance. He was followed to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport where his car was searched.

Thirteen wraps of cannabis were found under the driver’s seat, with a street value of £130 - they also found £400.

Prosecuting barrister James Evans said: “It’s clear that he has been selling cannabis.”

Defending, Stephen Thomas, asked the judge to give credit for his guilty plea on the day, adding that there were “no aggravating factors, weapons, or targeting of vulnerable people” in the case and that the supply was “quite clearly to associates and friends”.

The sentencing comes after at least three other convictions for intending to supply cannabis, one resulting in a suspended sentence and another a 20-week period in a Young Offenders Institution.