A charity volunteer has been jailed after a court heard he sold heroin and crack cocaine next to a children’s play area.
Cameron Henry was caught after being watched by police officers in the Lincoln Green area of Leeds.
Richard Walters, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court Henry was seen by officers walking along Lincoln Green Road and meeting a man next to the play area.
Henry then walked over to a Fiat Punto and got into the front passenger seat.
Officers ordered the vehicle to stop and asked Henry if he was in possession of anything illegal. He took out a bag containing 37 wraps of heroin and 33 wraps of crack cocaine.
The total street value of the drugs was more than £1,000. Henry was also found in possession of £430 in cash.
During interview he told officers he had no form of employment and was selling the drugs for a wage.
Henry, of Brookfield Avenue, Harehills, pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and possession of criminal property. David Tyrer, mitigating, said Henry had been unable to find work and had been a volunteer for almost 12 months at the St Vincent’s charity in Leeds.
Mr Tyrer said Henry had carried out the work for the charity – which helps unemployed and vulnerable people in east Leeds – to put something back into his community and to try to impress prospective employers.
Referring to his offending, Mr Tyrer said: “He had a limited role and there is no suggestion he was high up the chain of drugs supply.”
Henry was jailed for two years and four months.
Judge Guy Kearl, QC, said: “This offence was financially motivated. At the time you were receiving benefits and wanted more than that.”