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Hung up 'House husband' jailed for operating phone line for cocaine-dealing gang 

He has previous convictions for offences including possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis, and handling stolen goods including a police uniform

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Kye Lewis from Swansea

Kye Lewis from Swansea

Kye Lewis from Swansea

A man who had recently become a father for the third time and was described as a “house husband” in court has been jailed after he was caught operating a phone line for a London based cocaine-dealing gang. 

Kye Lewis from Swansea was caught when detectives in the British capital investigating the operation of an organised crime group recovered a number of mobile phones.

According to prosecutors the phones were linked to a so-called county lines drug dealing network known as the Avon line which had been operating in Swansea for a number of years.

Met Police identified Lewis from data on the phone and passed the information to colleagues in South Wales Police.

When police in Swansea executed a search warrant at the defendant's home on April 20 this year, an iPhone was seized from the property.

When its contents were accessed and downloaded officers found messages relating to dealing.

Kye Nathan Lewis, of Lon Claerwern, Morriston, Swansea, had previously pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

He has previous convictions for offences including possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis, and handling stolen goods including a police uniform.

Criminals from major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, London and Birmingham expand their drug networks to other areas of the country by operating a single telephone number to order drugs, across county lines.

Police say this activity brings violence, exploitation and abuse to rural communities as vulnerable children and adults are recruited to transport cash and drugs all over the country, leaving the criminals to operate freely.

Andrew Evans, for Lewis, said the defendant had recently become a father for the third time, and a letter to the court on his behalf spoke of him as a "house husband".

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"The defendant allowed misuse of a substance which he felt was not an addiction to become an addiction, and that led him to becoming involved in its supply,” he said. “He understands his behaviour will have a significant effect on those around him."

Judge Catherine Richards sentenced him to 40 months in prison. Lewis will serve up to half that period in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

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