A teenage drug dealer was found with crack cocaine in his anus after being caught by police attempting to make a sale.
Sahil Abbas, 18, was seen by plain clothes police officers with another man in Newport at around 10.15am on March 12, when they were approached by two other men who appeared unkempt.
The officers noticed a signal between the two groups and suspected a drug deal was about to take place.
When confronted in Francis Drive, Pill, the men attempted to run away but Abbas was caught and appeared nervous when searched.
He was taken to Newport Central police station where a further search took place before he produced white rocks from his bottom which had been clingfilmed.
A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday heard the rocks were analysed and found to be 3.6 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of £360.
A mobile phone which had also been seized contained text messages relating to drug dealing and when the defendant’s home was searched, a money box was discovered which contained scales and an empty snap bag with the remnants of white powder inside.
Abbas, of Coulson Close, admitted he intended to sell the drugs and later pleaded guilty to possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
In mitigation, defence barrister Stuart John said the defendant had a “lack of maturity” due to his age and had never been in trouble with the courts before.
He added that Abbas did not appreciate the seriousness of what he was doing and had initially begun dealing in order to repay a drug debt.
Sentencing, Judge Jeremy Jenkins QC said: “Anyone who deals in class A drugs on the streets in my judgement commits and offence which is too serious to be dealt with by anything short of a custodial sentence.
“It’s a scourge on modern day society and people like you who do deal in this awful trade deserve and can expect nothing short of immediate custody when you’re apprehended.
“Although no doubt you were naive, you were certainly not naive to those you associated and dealt with and you were making considerable sums from it I have no doubt.”
Abbas was sentenced to 32 months detention in a young offenders’ institute.