A drug dealer who was caught red-handed selling heroin and crack cocaine on the streets has been sent to prison.
Michael Mason, 42, was sentenced to two years and ten months after a judge heard he has a long history of convictions for drug offences.
Leeds Crown Court heard Mason was a passenger in a car being driven by another man on January 18 this year when police officers signalled for them to stop the vehicle on Smawthorne Lane, Castleford.
Richard Walters, prosecuting, said officers immediately became suspicious when the saw both men fiddling with their trousers.
Mason was taken to Castleford police station where he claimed he had swallowed 15 wraps of heroin.
Mr Walters said Mason’s claim was not true and he was found in possession of heroin and crack cocaine worth around £500.
Mason, of Balne Lane, Wakefield, was also found in possession of a mobile phone which contained texts linking him to supplying drugs to others.
He pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.
The court heard Mason has a criminal record dating back to the 1980s.
Matthew Harding, mitigating, said Mason had been addicted to class A drugs for many years and was the cause of much of his offending.
Mr Harding said his client had worked hard to overcome his addiction but returned to selling drugs when he and his partner were having financial problems.
Mr Harding added that Mason was also helping to fund his own addiction through the profits he made from dealing.
Judge Guy Kearl, QC, said: “You are a street dealer. Texts on you mobile phone disclosed that you are a drug dealer and this wasn’t the first occasion.