Hakin cocaine dealers Andrew McGungle and Anne-Marie Daley have both been jailed for three years following this afternoon’s sentencing at Swansea Crown Court.
Judge Christopher Vesper heard how the couple continued dealing in both cocaine and cannabis just five weeks after officers had found large quantities of drugs and cash in their property in Glebelands, Hakin.
The first discovery was made on August 19, 2022 when officers attended their property concerning an unrelated matter.
During their search they discovered two bags of cocaine with a purity of 81% and 83% respectively, which had been placed inside a handbag in one of the property’s bedrooms. The cocaine had a street value of between £480 and £600. They also discovered a silver bullion bar worth £100.
Cash amounting to a total of £5,027.80 was also discovered hidden in various locations throughout the house.
Just over a month later, on September 28, police returned to their property to carry out yet another search. And once again, a substantial quantity of drugs and cash was found.
Anne Daley was found to be in possession of 2.5 grams of crack cocaine which had been concealed in her underwear with a street value of £310 as well as more crack cocaine and a small quantity of cannabis that was found in their bedroom. Police also discovered more cash amounting to £1,791
Other items were seized which the Crown said were consistent with drug dealing; these included a digital scales, bicarbonate of soda, dealer lists, documents and photographs.
Also present at the property during the officers’ second visit was the third defendant, Lisa Lovell of Cromwell Road, Milford Haven.
Lovell was found to be in possession of a crack pipe and just under a gram of cocaine which had a street value of approximately £120.
This afternoon Daley pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, two charges of possessing cannabis, and two charges of possessing criminal property, namely cash totalling £6,818.
McGungle pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply and further charges of possessing cocaine and cannabis.
Lisa Lovell admitted possessing cocaine.
The defence counsel for Daley and McGungle claimed their drug dealing was the culmination of lives that had been ‘extremely difficult’.
“Miss Daley became addicted to drugs at the age of 12 and fell pregnant at a very young age,” commented Ashanti-Jade Walton, KC.
“Many of her relationships, although I stress that this doesn’t include this one, have been plagued by domestic violence and she has been subjected to significant trauma.
“She used the drugs to ease the memories of the violence to which she was subjected, and was dealing in drugs as an alternative to the other ways in which she funded her habit.”
The defence counsel went on to say that McGungle, a father of four, is currently awaiting an anticipated cancer diagnosis and its subsequent treatment.
“He’s got to where he is because of this, as he suffers from mental health issues and has anxieties about going inside and what it’s going to do to him.
“He realises his mistakes and he regrets what he has done and the impact it’s going to have on him and on his children.”
McGungle and Daley were both sentenced to three years in custody. They will serve half of this term in prison with the remaining sentence spent on licence.
Lisa Lovell was fined £200. A forfeiture and destruction order was imposed on the crack pipe and the cocaine.