Covert police operations monitored drugs being supplied in Mochdre, Colwyn Bay, Holywell, Llangollen and Penrhyn Bay
Three men have been jailed for their parts in a cannabis supply gang.
Judge Philip Hughes, sitting at Mold Crown Court, told them that anyone involved in organised crime as they were must expect immediate custody
Kurt Vincent Sanderson, 40, of Ffordd Cystennin, Mochdre, was jailed for two years. David Paul Roberts, 34, of Meirion Close, Rhyl, received 18 months, and Trefor Glyn Roberts, 40, of Oxwich Road, Mochdre, 15 months.
They all admitted that they conspired together between June and October 2012 to supply cannabis.
Police watched covertly as drugs were supplied in the Mochdre, Colwyn Bay and Penrhyn Bay areas, and also in places like Holywell and Llangollen.
Police, in addition to the surveillance operation, pieced together their phone calls and texts showing how they were working as a team.
Defence lawyers said that there had been long delays in the case which had put their clients under additional pressure. They had all pleaded guilty last summer but were delayed while other proceedings took place.
Earlier this year a fourth man, Corri Twist, 37, of Lon Hafren in Rhyl, was cleared at trial of being part of the conspiracy.
Sentencing the three remaining defendants yesterday, Judge Hughes said: “You each played a part in an organised and significant enterprise to supply cannabis in North Wales. But you were doing so under the direction of another or others who were more seriously involved who are not before the court.”
All had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and would be given full credit, he said, but added: “There must be an immediate custodial sentence.”
The court heard how a dilapidated property was used by Sanderson to store cannabis and cash and to cut up drugs into smaller packages.
Cannabis worth £20,000 was found hidden under a cooker, explained prosecuting barrister Matthew Curtis.
When Trefor Roberts was arrested, cannabis with an estimated street value of £10,000 was seized.
Maria Massellis, for Trefor Roberts, said that her client was a heavy cannabis user and started dealing to support his own habit and to make a small income.
The offences were committed when he had just split up with a long term partner and he had been using cannabis as “an emotional crutch”.
Owen Edwards, for Sanderson, said that he was a heavy cannabis user who got into debt with his supplier. He was offered a way to pay it off and to earn money by supplying cannabis. His role developed in 2012 into that of a courier, collecting money and providing the house where drugs and cash were stored.
Simon Rogers, for David Roberts, said that he was a heavy user, he got into debt with his supplier, and he started to supply to others to pay off that debt.
DI Arwyn Jones said: “David Roberts, Kurt Sanderson and Trefor Roberts were an organised criminal enterprise using intimidation to reinforce their illegal supply of cannabis. Their arrest and convictions should serve as a warning to those involved in such activity that they will be brought to justice.”