A Haverfordwest man who claims he was being manipulated by a modern slavery conglomerate operating from Swansea has appeared before Swansea Crown Court to deny two charges of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Guy Bedford, 26, was stopped by police on January 30 as they carried out a targeted search near Whitland.
The Crown alleges that cocaine, with a street value of almost £6,000 was discovered in Bedford’s underpants during a police strip search. The Class A drug amounted to a total of 57 grams.
But today Bedford’s defence counsel claimed the defendant was being controlled by a drugs gang at the time of the offence.
“As a result of the background that he has in the Haverfordwest area, for some time he’d been under serious threats from people in the Swansea area,” said his counsel.
Bedford, who appeared in court via a video link from HM Swansea Prison, denies two charges of possessing the Class A drug with intent to supply to another.
The trial, which is expected to take up to two days, will take place on July 12. The defendant was further remanded in custody.