A cannabis dealer had £12,000 in cash in his home and 15kgs of the drug when he was caught as part of an secret police operation.
Phillip Weekes was jailed for four years and four months after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
The jury found him guilty of possession with intent to supply a class B drug and money laundering offences after hearing how his home on Bayswater Place, Chapeltown, was searched.
The court heard officers had been carrying out surveillance on the terraced property in March last year.
Shortly before the property was due to be raided, Weekes came out of the house and attempted to run off after seeing police officers but was detained nearby. He was searched and found in possession of cannabis. A search of the property found 15 kgs of cannabis with a street value in excess of £70,000 pounds.
Officers searched a property on St Martin’s Avenue where Weekes had been living. Police found £12,000 pounds in cash in a shoe box under his bed.
Investigations by the Leeds District Proceeds of Crime Team has also identified two bank accounts linked to the suspect with a combined total in excess of £55,000 pounds.
This has been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation and civil proceedings are now underway to recover this money.
Det Insp Jaz Khan, from Leeds District Quartz, a specialist team tackling drugs crime in Leeds, said: “This was an excellent seizure and shows the value of this type of intelligence led policing that places us one step ahead of those looking to supply to drugs onto the streets of Leeds.
“This approach enabled us to identify and target Weekes leading to the recovery of a substantial amount of class B drugs which has now been destroyed.”