Leeds dealer jailed over £90,000 drug and cash stash

Tom Hurel.
Tom Hurel.

A HAUL of more than £90,000 worth of class A drugs and cash were discovered when police searched the bedroom of a house in Leeds.

A court heard officers arrested Tom Hurel after making the chance find at the property in Kirkstall when his housemate was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Leeds Crown Court was told Hurel’s room contained almost 1,500 grams of MDMA power with a street value £43,000.

West Yorkshire Police officers also found just under five litres of morphine sulphate, worth nearly £10,000, 783 MDMA tablets, cannabis resin worth £1,500 and a quantity of magic mushrooms.

A total of £36,580 was also seized from the room at the house on Hesketh Road.

Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said the drugs and cash were discovered after Ben Drummond was stopped in his car in Armley on July 15 this year.

The car was searched and £13,935 worth of mephedrone was found in the vehicle.

Police also seized two note books which referred to cannabis resin and mephedrone deals.

Mr Sharp said Drummond’s home was searched and it became clear that Hurel also lived there.

Hurel was not at the property at the time of the search but handed himself in to police on June 9.

He initially claimed he had no knowledge of the drugs and cash.

Hurel later pleaded guilty to four offences of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply, one of possessing a class B drug with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.

Drummond, 31, pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing a class B drug with intent to supply and two of supplying a class B drug.

Drummond was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work.

Hurel was jailed for seven years, two months.

The court heard Hurel had no previous convictions and came from a hard-working, loving and supportive family.

Jailing Hurel, Recorder Richard Woolfall, said: “You must have been aware of what you were getting in to - that is the commercial buying and selling of class A drugs.

“You will appreciate that only a custodial sentence is appropriate in this case. That is to send a very clear warning to others, whether they come from good families or broken families, that unhappily the effects are so great that the courts must pass significant sentences in the hope that it might deter others from buying and selling class A drugs in the way that you have.”

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