A man has been jailed for six years after police found he had nearly 4,000 ecstasy tablets stashed at his mother’s home, a court heard.
Norman John Belk, 38, was estranged from his wife at the time of the offence and was living at his mum’s address in East Grange Rise, Belle Isle, Leeds, Patrick Palmer prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court on Friday.
On the evening of April 4 when officers searched the house they found a quantity of pink pills in the attic.
When they were tested they turned out to be 3,896 ecstasy tablets.
They also found empty dealer packs in a safe along with blister packs of pain killers, while searching on top of the fridge they found a dealer list.
Mr Palmer said officers also recovered digital scales and further dealer bags in a bedroom.
Belk arrived at the address about half an hour after the search began and he was arrested.
His own home address in Low Grange Crescent, Hunslet Carr, also in south Leeds, was also then searched and £230 in cash was recovered from a wardrobe along with another dealer list.
When he was questioned, Belk told the police the drugs were nothing to do with his mother or wife and were his, that he had taken advant-age of using his mother’s address.
The court heard he had two previous convictions for possessing drugs with intent to supply.
The 38-year-old admitted possessing ecstasy tablets with intent to supply.
In mitigation, Graham Parkin, for Belk, said his client had got involved because he was facing debts and was acting as a ‘custodian’ of the drugs for someone else.
Jailing Belk, Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said the offences were serious particularly with his previous record, and to involve the home of his mother’s was an aggravating feature in the case.