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Dealers hid heroin and cocaine in Kinder eggs.

Byline: DEREK BELLIS newsdesk@men-news.co.uk @MENNEWSDESK

THREE Manchester men took drugs to a Welsh seaside town in a 'county lines' supply chain, a court heard.

The trio have been locked up after being caught with Kinder egg capsules full of cocaine and heroin by police officers in Rhyl, north Wales.

Darren Hunt, 30, formerly of Moston, and Nathan Edwards, 28, of Lightbowne Road, Moston, were each sent to prison for 27 months.

Kai Kennedy, 21, of Brewster Street, Harpurhey, who Caernarfon Crown Court heard played the leading role, was sentenced to 45 months.

Hunt and Kennedy pleaded guilty to having cocaine and heroin with intent to supply and Edwards to being concerned in the supply.

Prosecuting, Sion ap Mihangel said two police officers spotted the trio's car in Wellington Road, Rhyl, at lunch time on March 16 last year.

A local drugs user was seen to speak to the occupants, then shout 'Do one - police!' before running away.

Arrests of the three were made and in Kinder egg capsules recovered from Kennedy's leg were 51 packages of cocaine and 36 of heroin, the court heard.

The street value was PS870. On Kennedy's mobile phone were advertising messages for drugs, to 13 different numbers, one of which said: "Bits blow your socks off."

Mr ap Mihangel said a drugs officer believed the defendants were involved in 'county lines' supply organised by a city criminal group.

Edwards had suggested that he had joined the other two at Rhyl 'to go on the beach.'.

The prosecutor said Hunt had been jailed for three years in Manchester in 2014 for supplying heroin and cocaine. Kennedy had been convicted of having drugs with intent to supply when he was 17, and in 2011 Edwards received a suspended term for possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Hunt had earlier been the victim of a machete attack by gangsters, leaving him with such a deep machete cut that only intervention by police saved him, said Sarah Yates, defending.

He has now moved from Moston, for his own safety and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, 'having fear of the organised crime groups of Manchester.'.

Representing Kennedy, David Thomson told the judge his client started using cocaine when 18 and to meet his debts became involved in the supply. He was a troubled young man who now saw the error of his ways.

Barrister Julian Goode, for Edwards, said he had a job five days a week and had not offended in nearly 18 months since the arrest. He had given up a cannabis habit, it was said.

Passing sentence, Judge Rhys Rowlands said there was no doubt there were others 'higher up the supply chain'.

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