A DRUG smuggler was caught putting £30,000 of cocaine into the boot of his car moments after it had been delivered from Uruguay to his home in Leeds.
Jamie Pearce was arrested after Border Force officials intercepted the package at a depot in Coventry. It had been sent from South America hidden in a flask and ornaments inside a holdall.
The package was addressed to Pearce and officers arranged for a controlled delivery to be made to his then home on Tilbury Avenue, Holbeck, on July 12 last year.
Pearce’s partner signed for the package but he was arrested as he put it into the boot of his car. Police found it contained around £30,000 of the class A drug. Officers then searched Pearce’s home and found a quantity of Mcat. The class B drug was in a container which had the fingerprints of fellow Leeds drug dealer Beau Proctor on it.
The court heard Pearce had been allowing his home to be used to store the drug on behalf of Proctor. Pearce, 24, now of St Lukes Street, Beeston, pleaded guilty to importing a class A drug and possession of a class B drug with intent to supply. Proctor, 22, of Highlands Walk, Belle Isle, pleaded guilty to possession of a class B drug with intent to supply. Narinder Rathour, for Pearce, said his client agreed to receive the package in a bid to pay off a drug debt. Andrew Dallas, for Proctor, said his client had become involved in drug dealing to fund his own habit.
Recorder David Osborne jailed Pearce for three and a half years. Proctor was given a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work. He told Pearce: “Class A drugs cause untold misery to people.”
Phillip Holliday of Border Force said: “Had it not been for the intervention of officers, these dangerous and destructive drugs would have reached the streets of West Yorkshire.”