Undercover cops’ drugs trap

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Police raided Wayne Doran’s home three months after he had been caught out by an undercover drug operation.

Doran, 41, drove to Hemel Hempstead town centre after getting a call from a friend called Dan who had asked him for two wraps of cocaine.

Neither man knew Dan had been talking to two undercover officers in the Full House pub when he said he could get them the drugs, St Albans Crown Court heard on Friday.

Prosecutor Sally Mealing-McLeod said the officers gave Dan £40. He was then seen getting into Doran’s car before returning with the drugs.

When police raided Doran’s home in Layhill, Hemel Hempstead, on January 16 they found £236 and a list of names. He claimed they were people that were going on a Butlins trip, but admitted giving the cocaine wraps to Dan.

Doran, who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to supplying a Class A drug on 10 October last year. He said he had not received any cash and had delivered the cocaine because he had two wraps spare. The prosecution accepted the basis of his plea saying it was not possible to say if Dan had handed over the £40.

Defence barrister Sam Roake said: “It was two wraps given to a good mate for no financial advantage.” He said Doran, who suffers severe back problems, was glad he had been arrested because he wanted to get off cocaine. He was voluntarily attending drug courses. “He is very remorseful and truly ashamed of what he has done,” he said.

Judge Stephen Gullick, who took Doran’s previous good character into consideration, gave him a two year conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £200 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.