TWO drug dealers have been jailed after police caught them in possession of heroin and cocaine when they stopped them in a stolen car.
Jack Horsley and Ian Hawkins, both aged 22, were stopped by police after the stolen Vauxhall Corsa they were travelling in mounted a pavement in front of officers who were travelling in the opposite direction.
Horsley was arrested at the scene and mobile phones were found in the vehicle which linked him to drug dealing. Hawkins ran off but was later arrested. Horsley was searched a short time later and found in possession of 18 wraps of heroin and cocaine.
Hawkins, of Heights Close, Armley, pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, three of theft and one of handling stolen goods. Hawkins also asked the court to take five further offences into consideration.
Horsley, also of Heights Close, Armley, pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply, burglary, theft and handling stolen goods. They were both jailed for three-and-a-half years.
One of the offences included Horsley breaking into Swinnow Primary School in Leeds. He was caught after he left a screwdriver at the scene which contained his DNA.
Anthony Sugare, mitigating for both men, said they had developed an addiction to cannabis before moving on to abuse heroin and cocaine.
Mr Sugare said the men then began selling the drugs on behalf of a dealer they had built up a debt with.
Jailing them, judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “The most serious offences are possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. It is a wicked trade.
“In doing what you did you were protecting those higher up the chain and enabling them to get those financial rewards.
“You put yourselves in that position and I am entirely satisfied your roles were significant.”