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Ecstasy dealer who 'targeted children' and hid his drugs in shoeboxes is jailed

Officers found a large number of ecstasy tablets hidden in shoeboxes under Iannucci's bed Credit: South Wales Police

A drug dealer who "targeted children" and was found with more than 1,000 ecstasy tablets has been jailed.

20-year-old Michael Iannucci, from Barry, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply the Class A drug MDMA, and two counts of offering to supply it.

Police received a call on April 20 following concerns for a 16-year-old who was suspected to have taken ecstasy tablets.

The teenager was taken to hospital for treatment.

Officers later received information that Iannucci had supplied the young person with 16 ecstasy tablets.

A search was subsequently carried out at Iannucci’s home where officers found three shoe boxes underneath his bed, which contained a large quantity of ecstasy tablets.

Crystalline substances found to contain MDMA, scales, £1,275 cash and two mobile phones were also discovered in his bedroom.

Police seized 1,400 ecstasy tablets from Ianucci Credit: South Wales Police

Police seized 1,400 ecstasy tablets in total, including 533 bronze-coloured tablets designed in the shape of Donkey Kong.

Iannucci's mobile phone was also examined and found to contain messages offering the supply of Class A drugs.

Detective Inspector Sarah Trigg said: “The amount of drugs seized by officers indicates Iannucci was a multi-commodity drug dealer who was targeting children in the Barry area. By using symbols such as Donkey Kong on drugs, dealers such as Iannucci are deliberately trying to appeal to young people.

“Thankfully, the teenager who was hospitalised from taking drugs supplied by the defendant has made a full recovery.

"Our message is clear – the supply of illegal drugs will not be tolerated and every effort will be taken to bring to justice those responsible for blighting our communities with drugs such as these.”

She added: “Class A drugs are, by their very nature, dangerous and unpredictable due to their varying potency and purity. If you have Donkey Kong in your possession, please don't consume it.

“Anyone who believes they may have had an adverse reaction, or anyone who falls ill as the result of taking drugs, should seek medical attention as a matter of urgency. Drugs can have a devastating impact and we would urge people to talk to loved ones they believe may be taking them.

Iannucci also pleaded guilty to possession of a disguised firearm and possession of a controlled drug of class A, charges relating to an incident in December 2018.

He was sentenced to five years and four months in a young offender institution.