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The 50-year-old was put before Caernarfon Crown Court to be punished after getting caught out supplying cannabis.

Prosecutor Sion ap Mihangel told the court how Trommelen finds himself back before the courts as, on November 17 last year, police raided his flat in Wrexham.

When asked by police if he had anything they’d be interested in, he pointed them towards a black safe that was also in the bedroom.

They forced entry to the property that had “a strong smell of cannabis throughout” to discover Trommelen in bed where he was arrested.

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After opening the door, police saw that a large amount of cannabis was inside and was all individually bagged.

More of the drug was found in the living room, Mr ap Mihangel said, that had been sealed in a vacuum bag.

File picture of a cannabis plant.
(Image: Getty) The court heard how officers found small quantities of cash dotted about the property as well as high-value electronics – including an computer tablets, smartwatches, headphones and E-Tec Bikes.

In the search, cops found drug paraphernalia stashed in a kitchen cupboard – including a set of scales and bowls with “cannabis residue”. A suspicious book with lists of codes and numbers were also taken. Drug experts valued the almost kilogram of cannabis in the living room was valued up to £10,000. The safe contained drugs valued at up to £1,350.

Mr ap Mihangel reminded the court that Trommelen was no stranger to the police – having narrowly dodged jail at Mold Crown Court in early 2021 for a “near identical” case of supplying cannabis back in 2019. At the time he was said to have claimed he was supplying the drug to “family and friends”, and left court that day with a 14 month sentence suspended by two years.

Mr Green said, because of breaching a suspended sentence, the judge may see prison as “unavoidable” but asked he limit the time as much as possible. Sentencing him to two years and two months behind bars, Judge Timothy Petts said that another court order would “likely” be ignored so opted to jail Trommelen instead.

He explained how Trommelen suffers with “significant health problems” that has been making his time behind bars already difficult. Defending Trommelen, Mr Andrew Green, told the court how prison would be difficult for the 50-year-old to cope with – especially given the strict Covid measures in place which sees prisoners locked up for upwards of 23 hours a day.