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Drug dealer has "too soft" jail term increased

A Caerphilly man who was involved in a huge South Wales drugs plot has had his "too soft" sentence increased by a third.

Craig Victorio Jarvis was one of 10 people jailed at Cardiff Crown Court in July for their part in a cocaine-dealing operation based in Tonyrefail, in the Rhondda.

Judges said Craig Jarvis' original jail term was Credit: South Wales Police

The 39-year-old was locked up for two years and eight months after admitting conspiracy to supply class A drugs and production of cannabis.

But his sentence was today upped to four years by judges sitting at London's Appeal Court, who said the original term was "unduly lenient".

Ten men were sentenced for their part in flooding the South Wales valleys with cocaine. Credit: South Wales Police

Jarvis was arrested as part of Operation Orange Gobi, a police investigation into the supply of drugs in South Wales.

Officers raided 18 locations across the Rhondda area and seized £500,000 worth of cocaine in October and November last year.

Jarvis had acted as a courier for the gang and police also discovered 90 cannabis plants at a nearby home.

A 1kg block of cocaine seized by police Credit: South Wales Police

Lawyers for the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland, argued the sentence of eight months which Jarvis received for growing the class B drug was "far too short".

Agreeing, and increasing that sentence to two years, Lady Justice Sharp said the original term was "unduly lenient".

The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Haddon-Cave and Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing, ordered the sentence to run consecutive to the two years he received for the cocaine conspiracy, making a total jail term of four years.

I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at this sentence as it did not adequately reflect Jarvis’s involvement in the production and distribution of drugs in the Tonyrefail area.

I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has today sent a strong message of deterrence, as well as what I hope is a reassurance that the courts take this matter very seriously.

– Robert Buckland, Solicitor General

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