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Hereford man caught with £43 of drugs given 30 months
5:48am Wednesday 19th February 2014 in News
A HEREFORD man has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after being caught with less than £50 in drugs.
Wayne Gwynne, of Holme Lacy Road, was caught with small “wraps” of cannabis and heroin in Hereford's Cathedral Close last April - just weeks after being handed a suspended sentence.
Hereford Crown Court heard he was again arrested in July for possession of cocaine and heroin – with a street value of £30.
Mr Gwynne had a “voracious appetite for drugs” and “significant previous convictions”, Michael Aspinall, defending told the court last Friday.
He had since made efforts to treat his addiction – his methadone dosage had been reduced from 140ml to 65ml – but Gwynne failed several of his recent drug tests, having ‘topped up’ his prescription with heroin.
“He was a great user who is on his way to becoming a non-user,” said Mr Aspinall.
Judge Toby Hooper said: “Within a week of me giving you the golden opportunity of a suspended sentence, you committed possession.
“A vast public expense has been lavished upon you . You were assessed as lacking any motivation and now of an insufficient turnaround.
“You haven’t done enough.”
Gwynne, 31, was sentenced to three four-month sentences for possession of a Class A substance (cocaine and heroin, twice) and a two-month sentence for possession of a Class B substance (cannabis).
A 16-month suspended sentence was also activated, with two months deducted from the total for time already served in custody.