Two Cardiff men jailed for drug dealing offences despite trying to make a quick getaway from police officers.
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Taylor Barry, 18, from Riverside, and Antonio Oracko, 19, from Cathays, were arrested after information was received about a car with suspected cloned number plates.
Dashcam footage from a police car captured the moment the men tried to make off from officers by reversing the wrong way up a busy road.
On Wednesday, August 2 at around 4.50pm, officers from South Wales Police Roads Policing Team were in the Riverside area of Cardiff after receiving reports of black BMW 1 series on cloned plates.
Officers sighted the BMW at traffic lights on Clare Road and drove up close to stop it from making off.
In attempts to make off, the BMW was first driven forward and then reversed at speed, colliding with two other cars.
Fortunately, no-one was injured.
Barry was arrested while still in the driver’s seat. Oracko ran off but was detained a short distance away.
A blue package containing numerous wraps of Class A drugs was found close to the car, Oracko was in possession of £454 and a mobile phone containing messages about the supply of Class A drugs was found in the car.
Further items linked to drug dealing such a tick lists, digital scales, white powder, seal bags, and mobile phones were seized from their home addresses.
Two days later both men appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court.
They were remanded in custody, and following guilty pleas were sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, October 29.
Oracko was jailed for 5 years and 9 months for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin, and breach of a previous sentence.
Barry was jailed for 3 years for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin, and dangerous driving.
This is just one example of how we are tackling drug dealing in the community.
We can, and regularly do, act upon the information provided to us by the public, so please keep it coming.
Anyone with suspicions or information about illegal drug supply is urged to contact us.