Jail for Leeds drug dealer who was on the run for a year

Leon Dhers.

Leon Dhers.

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A Leeds criminal has been jailed for five years for drug offences after spending 13 months on the run.

Jailing Leon Dhers at Leeds Crown Court yesterday, (Oct 18) Judge James Spencer QC said he was satisfied he had played a “leading role” in two drug operations.

“You were involved in putting together people from different parts of the country so drugs could be supplied.”

He said Dhers had a arranged a meeting in Beeston, Leeds on March 1, 2010 when a group from Liverpool met with a man from South Yorkshire leading to a search in which cannabis was seized, and in June that year was involved in a further cannabis deal involving men from London.

He had failed to turn up for sentence last year and “since then you have been trying to evade justice.”

Dhers, 32, of Laurens Close, Halton Moor, Leeds admitted two charges of conspiracy to supply cannabis.

Simon Kealey prosecuting said Dhers was the common link between the two offences.

On March 1, 2010 police executed a search warrant at an end terrace property in Cross Flatts Row, Beeston. As they entered a large quantity of bank notes emerged from a top floor window and began to blow across the roof and into the street.

One man exited a first floor window before running off only to be caught nearby hiding in a wheelie bin while Dhers also tried to escape but was arrested in the rear yard.

A small bag of cannabis was seized from him together with £385 cash and the keys to the house. Four other men were arrested in the property, one in possession of cannabis grinder.

Bags of cannabis worth £10,587 were also seized along with more than £6,000 in cash in the house and £550 from outside.

On June 8 Dhers was seen arriving at Gatwick Airport and went to a flat in Croydon with a man before driving north to Leeds. Two days later he met the same man at the Total Service Station in Roundhay Road, Leeds. That man was later stopped on the M1 near Sheffield with £3,570 of cannabis.

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