Wales Tesco cafe worker runs cocaine operation between serving customers

A Tesco cafe supervisor was arrested at work for dealing cocaine, a court has heard. Louise Bugby’s phone contained a message to a customer explaining that she could not “sneak out” to make a drug deal because her boss was present.

A subsequent search of the pub worker’s home uncovered a stash of off-the-shelf cocaine deals and hundreds of pounds of cash. A judge told the 43-year-old that Class A drugs were ‘poisoning’ communities across Wales and this was why dealers consistently went to prison – although he said he would take the exceptional course of action in her case by issuing a suspended sentence to impose. reports WalesOnline.

Sian Cutter, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that the defendant came to the attention of detectives in Pembroke in November 2022 after they seized a phone from a known user as part of an ongoing operation and found messages from a contact named Louise in which drugs were discussed. .

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The Louise number was linked to the defendant and police knew the drug user had been seen in the Tesco supermarket in Pembroke Dock, where Bugby worked. The court heard that in one of the suspect’s messages she told her contact that she had “three halves” with her “but my boss is in today so I can’t sneak out”.

Officers went to the store’s cafe on November 9 and arrested the suspect at work. Ms Cutter said Bugby admitted she had drugs and when officers carried out a search they found 0.38 grams of cocaine. A subsequent search of the defendant’s home turned up 14 underweight half-gram deals of the Class A drug worth around £700, along with £665 in cash. The court heard that when Bugby’s phone was examined, police found ‘numerous requests’ for cocaine dating back to August 2022. The defendant replied ‘no comment’ to all questions asked during her two police interviews.

Louise Bugby, aged 43, of Tenby Court, Monkton, Pembroke, had previously pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of cocaine over a period of three months when she appeared in the dock for condemnation. She has no previous convictions. The plea was initially entered on the basis that she had inherited a drug debt from her now-former husband Leigh Bugby, a basis that the prosecution rejected and which was subsequently dropped. Mrs Cutter said: “It is accepted that her husband is in prison for crimes against her, but it is not accepted that she was forced to pay off his drugs debt. There is no evidence that he had a drugs debt.” For the latest court reports, sign up for our crime newsletter here

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