Man sentenced for drugs offences and trafficking child

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A man has been sentenced at Swansea Crown Court for trafficking a child to Llanelli in order to sell drugs.

Drugs found in Coe's possession when at police station
Drugs found in Coe's possession
when at police station

Harrison Coe, 18, was stopped by police driving along the A484 on 12 March 2019. The subsequent police search resulted in cannabis being found and later at the police station a further package which contained 48 wraps of drugs which contained cocaine and opiates.

Police examined the electronic devices that were recovered and the data linked the driver and vehicle to a 14-year-old child who went missing from the Sutton Coldfield area a few days earlier.

Coe admitted in interview that he had collected the child on the instructions of another person and brought him to Llanelli via Cardiff.

Deborah Rogers of the CPS said: “Gangs who sell drugs sometimes use young people to do so, as a way of trying to distance themselves from their criminal activity.

“County lines operations have been found in many parts of England and Wales adversely affecting numerous communities.

“Building on a thorough investigation, the CPS presented a strong case against this defendant which resulted in the early guilty pleas.”

Harrison Coe was sentenced on 3 May 2019 to a total of four years and six months at a Young Offenders Institute and a restraining order was imposed for ten years.

Notes to editors

  • Deborah Rogers is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Harrison Coe (DOB: 09/05/2000) pleaded guilty to arranging travel of another person with a view to exploitation (10/3/19), 2 x supplying a controlled drug (Class A) to another (10/3/19), supplying a controlled drug (Class B) to another (10/3/19).
  • Coe also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A drug (12/3/19).

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