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Merseyside drug runner who brought £75,000 haul of class A drugs into Wales jailed

Daniel Jason Kenwright-Harbourne claimed the drugs found in his car were planted by someone else Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

A man from Merseyside planning to bring drugs into south Wales has been jailed after being caught with £75,000 worth of Class A substances in his car.

Police said 24-year-old Daniel Jason Kenwright-Harbourne, from Mersey Street, St Helens, was pulled over in Brecon in October last year where half a kilo of heroin and crack cocaine was found stashed under the front passenger seat of his black Ford Focus.

Police said it contained over 300 deals of heroin, 400 of crack cocaine, and another large wrap of heroin.

Kenwright-Harbourne tried to claim the drugs, which were destined for sale in Llanelli and Swansea, were planted in the car by someone else.

The NCA predict there are around 2,000

Following a trial, Kenwright-Harbourne was sentenced to serve four years and eight months in prison.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Clatworthy of Dyfed Powys Police said the force will "endeavour to do everything" to bring those who supply drugs via County Lines, or other means, to justice "as quickly as possible."

“The gangs who arrange for these illegal and harmful substances to enter our communities don’t respect borders, so neither do police. We will continue working with our law enforcement colleagues across the UK to build a picture of these activities and put an end to them.”

“I want to reassure the public that we are working closely with partners to reduce drug misuse within our communities, to make it a less lucrative market for drug suppliers to operate in, and in doing so, making Carmarthenshire an even safer place to live.”

  • What is County Lines?

County Lines is a national issue, where organised crime groups from cities manipulate children and vulnerable adults into carrying and selling drugs.

‘Runners’, like Kenwright-Harbourne, will be sent across county boundaries to areas like Llanelli, Newtown, and Haverfordwest to deliver and/or sell Class A drugs at the other end of the ‘line’.

The County Lines groups tend to use a local property, generally belonging to a vulnerable person, sometimes drug users, as a base for their activities.

This is known as 'cuckooing' and will often happen by force or coercion.