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Home / Latest News / Cardiff drug dealer who owned BMWs and three homes jailed after cocaine find

Cardiff drug dealer who owned BMWs and three homes jailed after cocaine find

A drug dealer who claimed £11,000 of cocaine and cannabis found at his home was for his arthritis has been jailed for five years.

When police officers raided Robert Edwards’ house – one of three he owns as part of a “high-flying lifestyle” – they found more than 28g of cocaine, 180g of skunk cannabis and 500g of cannabis resin.

They also discovered 14 plants capable of yielding 700g of marijuana.

Edwards had denied possessing Class A and B drugs with intent to supply but admitted growing cannabis.

Cardiff Crown Court heard the 36-year-old admitted being “a junkie or ex-junkie”.

Sentencing, Judge Mark Powell said told him: “You said you did a bit of wheeler dealing but did not make a great deal of money from it.

“But you had access to two cars, BMWs if I recall.”

He said his lifestyle indicated Edwards “made something” from drugs.

The court heard Edwards had previously served three years in a Spanish jail for drugs offences and served a community sentence in 2011 for possession of cannabis.

Judge Powell told him he would serve half his sentence.

David Leathley, defending, said: “He has in the main attempted to live a law abiding life and his main sources of revenue are from legitimate sources. There is no suggestion of other illegal activity.”

He said his criminal activity started because Edwards was “vulnerable” after a motorbike smash that left him with pins in his body.

Mr Leathley claimed the “exceptional circumstances” that led to the offences meant the “public would not create an outcry” if Edwards was not jailed.

Police raided Edwards’ home at Glyn Rhosyn, Pentywn, Cardiff, at 10.30pm on Saturday, March 31, last year.

Pc Geoffrey Banks said after the case: “Edwards was living an extravagant lifestyle. He owned numerous BMWs and his home had been upgraded with an extension, new kitchen and outdoor swimming pool.”

 

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