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Rhondda man who made crack from cocaine jailed for nearly five years

A stop and search in Rhondda led to the seizure of over £30,000 worth of class A drugs in January (2019).

The drugs were discovered at a house in Elm Wood Drive, Tonyrefail, which was searched by police after they spotted a suspicious man leaving the address and followed him home.

Officers found two small rocks of crack cocaine in the man’s pocket and secured a search warrant for the Elm Wood Drive address under the misuse of Drug Act.

Less than an hour later, at approximately 3.45pm, officers descended on the house forced entry.

Dean Jenkins was inside and was put in handcuffs while officers searched the property.

Inside the address, they discovered high purity cocaine with a street value of nearly £30,000, together with heroin and crack cocaine, some of which was organised into street deals.

Officers also discovered products linked to the manufacture of crack cocaine from cocaine and a prohibited stun weapon.

Dean Jenkins was remanded into custody and later charged with separate offences of possession with intent to supply cocaine, crack, and heroin, and possession of an offensive weapon.

On Friday, 12th April (2019) he was jailed for four and a half years at Merthyr Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to all offences.

Pc Justyn Lewis, who works for the region’s priority policing team, said: “Who knew that when we carried out the initial stop and search to find two small rocks of crack cocaine, we would go on to uncover what in essence was a crack making factory.

“This particular operation was capable of shifting serious amounts of lethal drugs and the misery that Dean Jenkins would have inflicted on the community – on all those families affected by drug abuse – cannot be underestimated and he deserves to be in prison,” he added.

Anybody who has information about drug dealing should contact South Wales Police via 101 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 09800 555 111.

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