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A man from Church Village has been jailed for four years for possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply.

James Barnes, 42, appeared at Merthyr Crown Court earlier this month after admitting possessing the drug but not supplying it.

Officers forced their way into his home in Dyffryn Y Coed on the morning of 28th June (2018) using a chainsaw to gain entry quickly to carry out their search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Inside the address and Barnes' car officers located a baseball bat, cash, scales and mobile phones - a search of Barnes himself resulted in the seizure of crack cocaine.

He tried to claim the items seized by police were owned for legitimate purposes – the scales to weight his supplements for training; the bat for playing baseball, but the jury saw through his lies and found him guilty of possessing with intent to supply after a two day trial.

Anybody who suspects drug dealing should contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.