‘Come to you like Deliveroo’ – Father and son crack cocaine dealers boasted about delivery service

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Father and son crack cocaine dealers offered a delivery service to users, boasting that they “come to you like Deliveroo”, a court has heard.

Liam Bolton senior and Liam Bolton junior were caught red-handed selling the drug on the streets of Swansea then released under investigation – and caught again just a few months later with large stashes of the drug hidden internally.

Between them the Boltons have almost 300 previous offences on their records, and sending them to prison a judge described them as “a menace to society”.

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Swansea Crown Court heard that on the afternoon of December 9 last year plain clothes police officers in an unmarked car were on patrol in the centre of Swansea when their attention was drawn to a Renault Clio parked outside the City Temple on Dyfatty Street.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, said the officers saw a women they knew to be a drug user get into the Clio, which then drove off towards Dyfatty lights. At the busy junction the Renault stopped in traffic and the woman got out and began to walk back the way she had come – suspecting a drug deal had taken place the officers moved in.

The court heard the driver of the Renault was 50-year-old Liam Bolton, the front seat passenger was his wife Katrina, and the rear passenger was his 27-year-old son also called Liam.

Mr Pulling said the driver was seen to put a number of small items into his mouth but the officers managed to stop him swallowing them, and he spat them out into the rear of the vehicle. When the car was searched officers found four wraps of crack cocaine. Police also recovered two mobile phones from the rear of the vehicle, and a total of £305 in cash.

The court heard that when one of the phones – an IMO pay-as-you-go – was examined, officers found a bulk message sent to 86 contacts on the morning the Boltons were arrested advertising three deals for £25, and saying: “Come to you like Deliveroo”. Mr Pulling said following the sending of the message at 5.10am some 47 calls had been received by the phone, many from numbers police recognised as belonging to known users.

The defendants were released pending further investigation.

The court heard Liam Bolton senior and junior were arrested again on March 11 when officers stopped a car containing four people on Briton Ferry bridge – the Boltons were passengers in the vehicle. Suspecting the pair had drugs concealed internally, the men were taken into custody. Mr Pulling said both defendants refused to be medically examined but police decided to “let nature take its course”, and over the following two days both Boltons passed packages containing a total of more than 25g of crack cocaine.

The defendants gave “no comment” interviews to officers.

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Liam James Alexander Bolton, and his son Liam James Antonio George Bolton, both of Hollett Road, Treboeth, Swansea, had both previously pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine when they appeared in the dock for sentencing.

Bolton Senior has previous convictions for 258 offences including possession of heroin, possession of ketamine, possession of ecstasy, offering to supply heroin, and numerous house burglaries. Bolton Junior has previous convictions for 36 offences including attempted robbery, shortening the barrel of a shotgun, and numerous house burglaries. He was out of prison on licence from his last set of offending when he was caught in Dyfatty last December, and has since been recalled back to custody to serve the remainder of that sentence.

Kevin Seal, for Bolton Senior, said it was accepted the defendant’s antecedent record “does him no credit”, and he said his client realised he has not been a good role model. He said Bolton was hoping to complete the 12-step addiction programme while in custody.

Adam Sharp, for Bolton Junior, said his client had a “very problematic childhood” with both his parents going to prison and as a result being brought up by grandparents before going into foster care. He said the defendant had become a father in April and had not yet been able to see his child, adding: “He is disgusted with himself that he is subjecting his baby son to the same harmful behaviour that he was exposed to.”

Judge Paul Thomas QC said both defendants were prolific criminals and were, to use a well-worn but apposite phrase, “a menace to society”. He told Bolton Senior he had a “quite dreadful record” of 258 offences, and noted Bolton Junior had “had nothing by way of moral guidance or example” from his family.

Bolton Senior was sentenced to a total of six years in prison, and Bolton Junior to a total of five years. Both defendants will serve up to half those sentences in custody before being released on licence to serve the remainder in the community.

The court heard drug trafficking charges against Katrina Bolton were subsequently dropped, while not action was taken against the other people people found in the car when it was stopped on Briton Ferry bridge.

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