A SPECIALIST financial investigation into the affairs of two young men from Wrexham who were involved in cocaine dealing showed they benefited by £256.
Mold Crown Court was told the only available amount to be confiscated was a nominal £1, not to be collected.
The judge, Mr Recorder Nic Parry, told them they had been “dragged here just for that” but it had to be done.
He said he advised them to keep their heads down and serve the rest of their sentences.
In October, Daniel Jones, 23, was jailed for two years and co-defendant Christopher Belton,18, received 21 months youth detention.
Jones, of Tan y Dre, Wrexham, and Belton, of Ffordd Maelor, Wrexham, both admitted possessing the class “A” drug with intent to supply following their arrest in March.
Mold Crown Court was told that in the early hours of March 14, police saw a Vauxhall Astra containing three young men in a secluded car park in the Acton Park area.
Belton, a rear seat passenger, was seen to drop something onto the floor.
He was arrested after a bag of white powder was found in his pocket and two bags were recovered from the footwell where he had been sitting.
Jones, the driver, was arrested after 39 small bags were found in the vehicle. Forensic analysis suggested cocaine in all the bags had come from the same source.
It was estimated to have a street value of about £500.
Jones was said to have a cocaine habit of £60 a day on his arrest.
Both were said to have got involved in order to feed their own addictions.
Judge Philip Hughes said he took into account they had no previous drugs convictions and had pleaded guilty.
“But the fact remains what you did amounted to commercial dealing in a class “A” drug.
“It was not on a particularly large scale but only a custodial sentence can be justified,” the judge told them.