A PROLIFIC drug dealer has been sent back to jail for more than five years after being caught red-handed selling heroin in his own home.
Edward Docherty was caught when police executed a search warrant at the property in Seacroft, Leeds, and arrested him in possession of the class A drug.
Docherty, 47, immediately admitted to officers that the drugs were his and he intended to sell them.
Leeds Crown Court heard he has three previous convictions for possession of drugs with intent to supply. He was given a 10-year prison sentence in 2001 followed by a five-year sentence in 2009.
The offence makes him a ‘three-strike’ dealer which means he must receive a minimum sentence of seven years.
He was jailed for five years, eight months, after a judge then gave Docherty credit for his early guilty plea and sparing the public the expense of a trial. David Lampitt, prosecuting, said a woman was in the property with Docherty when police executed a search warrant at North Farm Road on June 26. There was a bag of brown powder on the table and a set of scales. As Docherty was arrested he told officers: “It’s all mine – nothing to do with her.”
He pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply. Graham Parkin, for Docherty, said there was little mitigation he could present to the court except for his client’s early guilty plea.
He added that Docherty had been pressured into selling the drugs. Jailing Docherty, the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “Parliament has decreed that those who have a third conviction for possession of drugs with intent to supply must serve a minimum of seven years in prison unless unjust to pass such a sentence.
“I am satisfied it is not beyond unjust to impose a minimum sentence in this case.”