Drug Dealer, 18, Jailed After Selling Cocaine 'At Cheapest Price' On Snapchat
A teenage drug dealer was jailed after he showed off photos of wraps of cocaine on his Snapchat.
Ethan Pope, 18, started selling drugs when he was 15, but a friend with a grudge ended up handing the picture over to police.
Pope would offer discounts for bigger orders over £1,000, telling his Snapchat friends that his coke was 'rawest about at the cheapest price', a court heard.
But when police were tipped off, the teenager, form Caerphilly, South Wales, admitted possession with intent to supply cannabis and ketamine, as well as possession of Xanax.
He was given a three-year jail term, along with two of his friends, Kane Watkins, 19 and Adam O'Reilly, 18.
Judge David Wynn Morgan told Pope: "Class A drugs are a scourge. They create havoc within the communities in which they are rife.
"They cause misery and degradation. You were dealing in these drugs over a significant period of time and in significant quantities.
"You have done a very wicked thing indeed. You need to stop doing it."
PC Rhys Jones said: "He boasted how much money he was making and had taken over as the main supplier from his other defendants who are now in jail.
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"Pope is now paying the ultimate sacrifice and is starting a lengthy prison sentence where he can now reflect on his life choices."
One of his friends, Adam O'Reilly, was jailed last November.
He too had been caught out via social media, having posted selfies of himself with the cash he'd made from dealing cocaine.
Having bragged to his friends about how much money he'd been making selling the class A drug, he went as far as sending them a series of pictures of himself flaunting wads of banknotes earned. .
After police raided his home, they found 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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