Two young drug dealers from Liverpool who were ‘placed’ on the Maesgeirchen estate in Bangor to sell heroin and cocaine “stuck out like sore thumbs”, a court was told.

Daniel James Dobbs, 19, and Jamie Milburn, 20, were only in Bangor for four days before they were arrested by police in May 2018.

They pair were arrested after being seen acting suspiciously and CCTV footage showed Milburn dropping a package which was found to contain wraps of heroin and cocaine with a street value of around £200. Police officers also found the men were carrying a total of £300 cash.

The court heard that Milburn had been going through a difficult time last year, having lost his job and become homeless, he knew a drugs dealer who offered him a job and somewhere to live.

The pair were then ‘placed’ in Bangor and given a phone and told what to do. They believed they would go unnoticed in Maesgeirchen, but two young men with strong Liverpool accents stood out like sore thumbs.

Dobbs had a drugs debt of £600 and was told he could work to repay the money, the court was told there was “an element of naivety and exploitation” in this case.

Jailing both men for two years each at Caernarfon Crown Court, Judge Huw Rees said: “These offences are too serious for anything other than immediate sentences of detention.”

PC Simon Moodley of North Wales Police said after the hearing: “This sentence sends out a clear message that North Wales Police will pursue those who cause serious harm to our communities.

“Under Operation Rattle, those who supply Class A drugs will be put before the courts to face the consequences of their crimes.

“There is no hiding place and no stone will be left unturned.

“We rely on the continued help and support from our communities. Intelligence used by police has resulted in scores of arrests and the seizure of drugs, weapons and other illegal materials since Operation Rattle began.

“I hope today’s sentencing of Daniel Dobbs and James Milburn will further demonstrate to the local community that we are getting positive results.”