North West Wales

Caernarfon pub landlord jailed for cocaine haul

A pub landlord in Gwynedd has been jailed for 40 months after police uncovered a haul of cocaine worth £38,000.

Police raided the Castle pub in Caernarfon town centre last October.

Landlord Darren Billinghurst initially co-operated with a search, until officers found bags of drugs in a staff toilet locker.

Billinghurst, 32, pleaded guilty to possessing the drugs with intent to supply.

'Temptation'

Jailing him at Caernarfon crown court, Judge Dafydd Hughes said: "When you agreed to look after these drugs you took part in what is far too prevalent in our society these days, namely the trafficking of drugs.

"These drugs destroy families and destroy lives.

"I accept you were at the time suffering financial difficulties but this is certainly not the way to go about solving those difficulties."

Defence barrister Simon Mintz said Billinghurst had no previous convictions and was described by those who know him as "reliable, honest and dependable."

Mr Mintz added : "He had a law-abiding life until he succumbed to the temptation to make a bit of money on the side."