A man who sold cocaine in a bid to pay off debts he had built up with dealers has been jailed following a police raid at his Leeds home.
Stephen O’Conner, 35, was given a two-year sentence after a court heard officers searched his home on Neville Street, Halton Moor, Leeds, and found bags of the drug hidden in a suitcase.
Howard Shaw, prosecuting, said five plastic bags of cocaine were found and had O’Conner’s fingerprints on them.
The total street value of the drug was estimated to be £902.
Officers also found “drug debt lists” and mobile phone sim cards which contained text messages relating to drug dealing.
Howard Shaw, prosecuting, said police went to O’Conner’s home on December 3 last year and asked if there were drugs at the property.
O’Conner directed officers to his garden shed where 145gms of skunk cannabis was found drying. A small amount of amphetamine were also found. After his arrest, O’Conner said the cannabis and amphetamine was for his own use but accepted he intended to sell the cocaine. He pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis and amphetamine. Robin Freize, mitigating, said: “He accepts that he is in a serious position. He had managed to accrue a drug debt to a dealer, having been a user of cocaine for a long time. When he wasn’t in work he wan’t able to fund his habit and he was put under pressure to sell cocaine on someone else’s behalf.”
Mr Freize said O’Conner was highly motivated to beat his drug problem and provide for his family.
Jailing O’Conner, Recorder Mark Gargan said: “It seems to me that this is a case that demands immediate custody.”