Nine years for North Wales drug dealer


A man who was part of a gang involved in the supply of Class A drugs to communities throughout North Wales has today (24 July 2014) been sentenced to nine years imprisonment at Mold Crown Court.

In March 2011, ten members of the same gang were sentenced for their part in a major conspiracy which brought large amounts of cocaine into North Wales from the Merseyside area. Francis Cain was suspected of being part of the conspiracy, but at that time he evaded arrest. He was eventually arrested in March 2014 and charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine. He pleaded guilty at a hearing in June.

Gemma Vincent, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service's Wales Complex Casework Unit, said:

"Francis Cain was part of a drugs gang that plagued local communities throughout North Wales. His sentence reflects the seriousness of the criminal activity he was engaged in.

"Today's sentencing is the end result of an extensive and long-running investigation by North Wales Police. Francis Cain avoided arrest in 2010, but the persistence of the police team ensured his crimes did not go unpunished. Once arrested, the CPS worked alongside the police to build a comprehensive prosecution case against him, leading to his guilty plea.

"Drug use is a blight on local communities and all of us involved in the criminal justice system are committed to ensuring that those who seek to profit from the misery of others are held to account through the courts."