A man described by Dyfed-Powys Police as ‘one of Pembrokeshire’s most prolific and longstanding class A drug dealers’ has been jailed by a judge at Swansea Crown Court.
The day Andrew Lowndes was stopped by officers, he was travelling back to Pembrokeshire from the South Wales Police area. Officers suspected that he was making the journey in order to collect heroin.
Knowing that he was going to be searched, Lowndes hit half an ounce of the Class A drug underneath the back seat of the police car in which he was travelling.
One of the officers noticed that he was fidgeting with the seat and, after examining it, found the clingfilm wrapped heroin stash which was valued at around £1,390.
A search of Lowndes’ home discovered digital weighing scales and other items linked with the use and supply of heroin. Messages were also found on his phone from potential customers who wanted to buy drugs.
He was charged with possessing a class A drug with intent to supply. He initially denied the charge, but later changed his plea to guilty.
He was sentenced to four and a half years in custody when he appeared at Swansea Crown Court for sentence earlier this week.
“Andrew Lowndes is one of Pembrokeshire’s most prolific and long-standing class A drug dealers,” commented Detective Sergeant Vinny Barrett of Dyfed-Powys Police following this week’s sentencing.
“His incarceration will no doubt have an impact on the supply of heroin in the area.”