Couple face drug-dealing charges
2:40pm Thursday 5th December 2013 in News
An Ammanford couple accused of drug-dealing were visibly rocked when told they each could face considerable jail terms if found guilty.
Ethan Zak Carter, aged 21, and 19-year-old Naketa Sinead Lewis, both of 7 Norman Road, offered no pleas to a charge of jointly possessing of 21.44 grammes of mephedrone – known to users as meow meow – with intent to supply.
They also offered no pleas to jointly possessing 0.97 grammes of cannabis with intent to supply.
District Judge David Parsons, sitting at Llanelli magistrates court, was told how police discovered the drugs while carrying out a raid on the couple’s home.
Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard Jones told the court that in the course of the raid mobile phones belonging to Carter and Lewis were seized.
The phones contained “sizeable numbers of messages going and back and forth between each other and from third parties where both are being asked to supply cannabis and mephedrone,” Mr Pritchard Jones told the court.
“This case rests on the text messages,” he said.
Both Carter and Lewis blanched when District Judge Parsons warned them that a magistrates court – which could only jail them for a maximum of six months each for each charge – did not have the necessary sentencing powers should they be found guilty.
“This case is far too serious for a magistrates court,” the judge told them.
“If found guilty of both offences you could only be sentenced to 12 months in jail. That would not be enough.”
The case was sent to Swansea Crown Court where the pair will appear on December 20 to enter pleas.