A former soldier who fell into financial debt after creating a daily drug habit was caught with almost £7,000 of high-purity cocaine stashed inside a Bisto tin.
Jonathan Gerrard Godfrey also had a lot more than £1,000 of cannabis and £1,155 in cash when police searched his home in Carmarthen on November 22, 2018.
Craig Jones, prosecuting in Swansea Crown Court, said officers uncovered two large stashed of drugs in the house. They found 62g of 82% pure cocaine inside a Bisto gravy tin and nearly 95g of cannabis. In addition, they found plastic grip-seal bags and cell phones that contain messages associated with drug dealing going back as far as July.
In his following interview, the 31-year-old told police he had bought both drugs with Bitcoin in the “dark web” and said he took them to help treat his anxiety greatly.
Ian Ibrahim, for Godfrey, said the accused was originally from Birmingham and had joined up with the Staffordshire Regiment at age19 but was later on medically discharged after getting diagnosed with paranoia, anxiety, and depression.
The barrister said Godfrey turned to drugs and found himself using a half-a-gram per day cocaine habit that, however the summertime of 2018, remaining him with a £2,000 debt and which led him into dealing. He said: “He understands full well the level of shame and disgrace he has brought upon his family members and his young son.”
Godfrey, of Catherine Street, Carmarthen, admitted possession of cocaine and cannabis intending to provide. He does not have any previous convictions but has one extreme caution ownership of cannabis from 2015.
Judge Paul Thomas QC jailed him for 2.5 years in prison.