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Prison for Mountain Ash drug dealer caught twice in a year

A Mountain Ash man has been sent to prison for seven and a half years after being arrested twice within the space of 12 months for drugs offences.

John Paul Richards, 31, from Penybryn Terrace, Penrhiwceiber, Mountain Ash, was on bail having been charged with drugs offences following a raid on his address on 10 January 2015, when nearly exactly a year on, he was stopped while driving a Mercedes he borrowed from a friend, by Roads Policing Officers on junction 32 of the M4.
Richards tried to get away when he was stopped at just gone 5pm on 9th January thsi year, and in doing so rammed two vehicles with his car, one of them being the police vehicle.
Officers discovered a large package in a pink carrier in the front passenger foot well, which contained cocaine with a street value of over £200,000.
Richards pleaded guilty to a number of  offences including conspiracy to supply class A drugs, and was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on 9th April 2015.
Superintendent Huw Lewis, said: “The contempt John Paul Richard showed was astonishing – he clearly thought he was invincible.
“Already facing drugs charges, he continued in his ways, but thanks to two sharp roads policing officers he was caught red handedwhile driving into Cardiff.
“He’ll have plenty of time now to contemplate on his actions which will see him behind bars for a number of years. I hope he learns his lesson.”
£23,412 in cash and other assets found at his address in January 2014 has been seized while officers carry out an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.