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Gang who planned to flood Bridgend with Class A drugs jailed

A drug gang boss who ran a county line pumping drugs into Bridgend from London has been jailed for 11 years.

Kane Griffiths-Jeffries has been sentenced to 11 years on Wednesday. Credit: South Wales Police

Kane Griffiths-Jeffries, 22, ran the class A drugs operation and attempted to use two 17-year-old girls to flood the streets of Bridgend with crack cocaine and heroin.

Following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court, he was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Co-defendant Adam Harries, 37, of Bridgend, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was sentenced to 7 years and six months.

Local drug dealer Ian Wilkins, 42, of Bridgend, was convicted of two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and was jailed for seven years.

Adam Harries (L) and Ian Wilkins (R) Credit: South Wales Police

The court heard “promotional videos” showed a bed covered in drugs and cash were used to try and encourage others to join the criminal outfit.

Prosecutors said Kane Griffiths was responsible for recruiting two girls to act as couriers then work at a “safe house” in Bridgend.

The court heard Adam Harries was responsible for collecting the girls and taking them to an address to deal drugs.

Judge Richard Williams said: “Young people were enticed by promises of significant reward.”

One of the teenagers told officers that she had been promised the opportunity to earn up to £500 daily for supplying Class A drugs in Bridgend by someone called Rogue.

Prosecutor Christopher Rees said the court could be sure that at least 1kg each of crack cocaine and heroin were supplied over the course of the conspiracy.

The court heard Griffiths was on licence at the time of the offending.

Police seized weapons and cash from the gang. Credit: South Wales Police
Credit: South Wales Police

We hope today’s sentences send a message to those thinking of coming to Bridgend – that we will not tolerate gangs operating within our area. Gangs involved in county lines criminality deliberately target young and vulnerable children, whom they know are easy to groom, manipulate and control.

– DC James Hartery, South Wales Police