A DRUG dealer sold heroin and cocaine to an undercover police officer while working for a dial-a-drug operation.
Alvin Akyea, 20, was caught red-handed during Operation Piperminster – a police crackdown on drugs in the Chapeltown area of Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard an officer posing as a drug user contacted the ‘Tony line’ on November 9 last year.
The officer was then given direction to go to Spalding Towers, where she was met by Akyea later that day.
She handed over £45 in exchange for two wraps of heroin and a wrap of cocaine.
Akyea then gave the officer a phone number where she could order more drugs.
He was arrested shortly after the meeting and pleaded guilty to two offences of supplying a class A drug, possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and concealing criminal property.
Ian Cook, mitigating, said Akyea was from a hard working family who had moved to the UK from Ghana in the hope that he would get a good education.
He had been doing a media studies course before dropping out and dealing drugs.
Mr Cook said Akyea’s girlfriend became pregnant and he got involved in the illegal enterprise to make easy money so he could support her. Mr Cook added that Akyea’s family had now disowned him.
Judge Christopher Batty jailed Akyea, of Delph Mount, Woodhouse, for three years and three months. He said: “Clearly you are an intelligent young man who comes from a very nice, law-abiding family.
“You have destroyed that relationship in your appearance before the court.”
Chief Insp Matt Davison, of North East Leeds Division, said: “Drugs blight our communities and fuel crime and anti-social behaviour and it is an issue that local people rightly expect the police to tackle.
“This latest case illustrates the success we are having in targeting people who think they can get away with treating our communities as a market place for drugs.
“Tackling drug dealing remains one of our top priorities and we would urge people to keep passing on any information they have about anyone who is involved so that we can continue to target these offenders and bring them to justice.”