A drug dealer who boasted about the strength of his batch of heroin after filming an unconscious addict on his phone has been sentenced in court.
The video came to light when Darius Morrison – who went by the street name ‘Hustle’ – was arrested by police at a McDonald’s drive-thru after police smashed the windows of his car and dragged him out.
The judge said Morrison displayed “astonishing arrogance”after dealing just months after his initial arrest.
Morrison was part of the growing phenomenon of county lines drug dealing, which sees organised criminal gangs from big English cities extending their operations into smaller Welsh cities and towns.
Swansea Crown Court heard officers found the defendants black Ford Fiesta car at the McDonald’s drive-thru in Fabian Way and surrounded the vehicle. Police had intelligence that the car had links to a Birmingham drugs gang. The occupants were instructed to get out of the car but instead locked themselves in.
Mr Davis said police used their batons to smash windows in the vehicle and “pulled the occupants out”.
The driver of the car was Morrison and in the boot of the vehicle police found £995 wrapped in a jumper. When Morrison was searched he was found to have another £520 in cash.
Police also seized the driver’s mobile phone but he refused to tell officers the pin to unlock it.
Morrison was released under investigation and Mr Davis said police in the city encountered him again on October 21.
The court heard plain clothes officers operating in the Mount Pleasant area of Swansea saw four known drug users in an alley off Verandah Street – a known location for dealing – and Morrison walking away from the group.
The prosecutor said when officers subsequently searched his flat in St James’ Crescent in Uplands they found drugs paraphernalia and £910 in cash, but again Morrison refused to divulge his phone’s pin.
Police were later able to get access to the phone and found a large number of text messages relating to drug deals for both heroin and crack cocaine, which Morrison referred to as “B” and “W” or “white” respectively.
The court heard one such text, which had been sent as a bulk message to 29 contacts, read: “I am on. Got both fire white and gear!!! Straight 10s doing deliveries 24/7". A video apparently showing a Swansea drug user in an unconscious or unresponsive state with Morrison boasting: “That’s what my B does to you” was also found by police.
Morrison, of Capstone Avenue, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to two counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin and two counts of being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.
The court heard he has previous convictions for robbery, theft from the person, handling stolen goods, and possession of cannabis from courts in London, Oxfordshire, and Worcestershire.
Dyfed Thomas, for Morrison, said his client had run up debts to a gang and “the consequences would be harsh” if he did not repay them. The way to pay off the debt was to deal drugs for the gang in Swansea.
Judge Geraint Walters said he was happy to accept Morrison had become involved in dealing after running up debts to a criminal organisation and had then been “conscripted” by it as a courier and distributor of heroin and crack.
The judge said while the video of a comatose drug user may have been “amusing” to Morrison “no right-minded individual could find it anything other than tragic”.
He described Morrison’s return to Swansea after his initial arrest at McDonald’s as “astonishingly arrogant”.
Giving the defendant a 25 per cent discount for his guilty pleas the judge sentenced Morrison to four years for each of the four offences, the sentences to run concurrently with one another making an overall sentence of four years.