Police found Leeds dealer’s drugs and cash in supermarket sweep

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A DRUG dealer ran into a Co-op store to hide his stash of cocaine, cannabis and cash in the aisles then tried to bribe a cashier to keep quiet.

A court heard George Al-Hariri hid £1,000 in cash behind packets of cornflakes, a £400 bag of cocaine in the crisps aisle and cannabis underneath some carrots

Al-Hariri then took some shopping to the till and offered the shop assistant £100 not to show CCTV footage to police officers as they searched the store..

Leeds Crown Court heard Al-Hariri was a passenger in a car which was stopped by police outside the Co-op store on Low Moorside, Farnley, Leeds, on April 27 this year.

Officers noticed ta strong smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle and went to speak to the driver.

Al-Hariri got out of the car then went into the shop.

Officers found a small quantity of cannabis inside the car.

One of the officers then went into the store and asked Al-Hariri to come outside.

He was searched but nothing was found in his possession.

Officers decided to issue the driver with a caution for cannabis possession. As they did so they were alerted by a member of staff who had found the cash hidden behind some cornflakes.

When the officers went inside to investigate Al-Hariri also went into the store and queued up to pay for some shopping.

Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said Al-Hariri offered the shop assistant who was scanning his items not to show police the CCTV and he would give him £100.

Mr Bashir said: “The assistant was shocked by what he heard.”

Officers then found the cannabis under some carrots. The cocaine, along with more bank notes totalling £225 were found under a display of Sensations crisps

Al-Hariri, of Wensleydale Rise, Armley, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis.

Lindsey Lobley, mitigating, said Al-Hariri began abusing drugs to cope with a family tragedy.

She said her client had built up a large debt with a dealer and agreed to sell the drugs in order to pay it off.

Judge Robin Mairs jailed Al-Hariri for two years, eight months.

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