Jail for Leeds drug dealer found with ‘Mr Nice’ business cards

Darryl Lawson.

Darryl Lawson.

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A drug dealer was found with business cards in the name of “Mr Nice” after he was spotted hiding in undergrowth near a Leeds church, a court heard.

Police were in the Hyde Park area in the early hours of June 18, 2011, when they saw Darryl Lawson with a knife.

Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court back-up was called and Lawson was discovered lying face-down in the undergrowth.

As he was being handcuffed, officers found bags of drugs as well as £655 in cash, scales and the dealer cards.

There were 10 bags of cannabis, nine bags of ketamine, 17 bags of Ecstasy and one bag of cocaine, with a total street value of £487.

The court heard Lawson had been wanted since 2012 when he dodged a court hearing.

Richard Reed, mitigating, said he had problems and “quite simply he didn’t come to court because he really hadn’t managed to get to grips with them.”

He knew he was facing prison and kept a low-profile in Leeds. “Remarkably he wasn’t found until now,” Mr Reed added.

Lawson, 26, then of Highbury Terrace, Meanwood, admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply, possessing criminal property, having the lock knife, failing to surrender to bail and breaching a 2004 anti-social behaviour order.

He was jailed for four and a half years.