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Cocaine dealer caught red handed on Bridgend CCTV

At 4am on Saturday 28 October 2023 a CCTV operator in Bridgend saw a Silver Skoda driven by Joshua Allegretto, 31, pull up on Highland Place, Bridgend, where he opened the bonnet and removed a Lynx deodorant can from underneath the air filter.

He was seen to remove items from the Lynx can and then sit back in the driver’s seat.

At this point two unknown people approach the car and are seen to pay Allegretto with a bank card in return for a bag containing white powder.

Officers traced the car that evening and detained Allegretto for a search. 28 bags of cocaine were found in the Lynx can that was hidden in the bonnet.

Detective Inspector Ian Jones said: “Joshua Allegretto’s brazen behaviour in this case highlights how drug dealers think they can openly and illegally operate in our communities. We will continue to tackle illegal drug supply and relentlessly pursue those committing offences.”

Allegretto was arrested and charged with being concerned in the supplying of controlled class A drugs. He pleaded guilty at trial in Cardiff Crown Court and has since been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.