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SMACK COCAINE; PS15,000 worth of the drug found in boxing glove after car is stopped on A55.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP

COCAINE worth up to PS15,000 was found stashed in a boxing glove by police who stopped a car on the A55.

Jay Caelum was driving the Ford Mondeo and yesterday admitted charges of being concerned in the supply of drugs and possessing drugs with intent to supply.

The 29-year-old, of no fixed address but formerly of Colwyn Bay, was jailed for a total of two years and two months.

Sentencing him at Caernarfon Crown Court, Judge Peter Heywood said: "I cannot ignore the purity of the drugs and this is clearly so serious it attracts an immediate custodial sentence."

The court heard the car was heading westbound when it was stopped near Abergele on February 24 this year.

Prosecutor David Mainstone said officers searched the vehicle and found the boxing glove. "Inside was a sock and inside that there was a plastic bag containing 124 grams of cocaine at a purity of 61% and worth nearly PS5,000. But if cut to street value it would be worth about PS15,000," he said.

When arrested, Caelum told officers he had been a heavy drugs user and had drug-related debts and had agreed to "carry out errands".

"He told officers he had driven to and from Liverpool two or three times in the weeks before his arrest," added Mr Mainstone. The court heard Caelum admitted breaching a restraining order imposed by magistrates after he admitted assaulting his ex-partner three times in two days. He had approached her in a Colwyn Bay pub and then went to her home, threatening her with a knife if she contacted police.

Huw Edwards, defending, said Caelum had allowed himself to abuse drugs and run-up debts. "He served a short custodial sentence and when he was released he still owed that debt. Under pressure he agreed to act as a courier," he said.

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Car was stopped on A55 near Abergele

Cocaine was found in a sock hidden inside a boxing glove. Jay Caelum, 29, was jailed for two years for supply
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