Teen Cocaine Dealer Jailed After Sharing Selfies With His Drug Dealing Earnings
Adam O'Reilly, 18, had been bragging to his friends about how much money he'd been making selling the class A drug and went as far as sending them a series of pictures of himself flaunting wads of banknotes earned from his dubious entrepreneurship.
Unfortunately for him it all came crashing down when days later he was subject to a raid on his home in Abertridwr, near Caerphilly in south Wales.
Police found the pictures on his phone, which led them to discover more than £6,000 ($7,800) in cash, as well as £3,700 ($4,800) worth of cocaine and £3,000 ($3,900) of ketamine.
Defending O'Reilly at Cardiff Crown Court, barrister Paul Hewitt said: "The photos on the phone were rather stupid. It was bravado to show how much money he's got.
"He is a young 18-year-old boy from the valleys who doesn't appreciate what he has done. He was showing off to his friends as a child would do."
However, prosecutor Eugene Egan explained that as well as the photos on his phone, there were also messages offering customers cocaine at £1,300 ($1,700) per ounce, while he was also looking to buy the drug in £5,000 ($6,500) batches.
There were also Facebook messages detailing ecstasy deals and texts relating to the trafficking of ketamine.
Mr Egan said: "There were photographs of him with large amounts of cash and Snapchat videos offering drugs for sale."
O'Reilly ultimately pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the class A and B drugs and possession of cocaine with intent to supply.
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Mr Hewitt said: "The defendant realises how silly he has been. These are the best years of his life which he is going to waste away."
And waste them away he will, as Recorder Greg Bull QC sent O'Reilly to a young offenders institution for three years. He will also face Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings which could mean he'll lose his money.
Bull told O'Reilly: "The raid on your home revealed you had a substantial amount of cash and a substantial amount of class A drugs valued at many thousands of pounds.
"People who deal in class A drugs deal in death. You were high up in the chain of supply."
Outside the court, investigating officer PC Iwan Adams told press: "We welcome today's sentence which I hope sends a message that we will not tolerate the supply of drugs in our communities.
"Officers seized a substantial amount of class A drugs and thousands in cash during a warrant at the defendant's home.
"These drugs would otherwise have made it onto the streets of Gwent causing misery in our communities."
A solemn reminder that illegal activities should be kept on the down low - or better yet not done at all.
Featured Image Credit: Wales News Service
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