Amateur Leeds footballer sold cocaine to teammates

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AN AMATEUR footballer who was caught with bags of cocaine in his car told police he sold them to his teammates after matches, a court heard.

Liam Mudd, 23, admitted to officers that he regularly sold the class A drug to his soccer pals each week when they went out drinking after playing a game.

Leeds Crown Court heard West Yorkshire Police officers signalled Mudd to pull over after the tyres on his BMW looked worn down as he drove on the M621.

He stopped on Meadow Road on the edge of Leeds city centre and officers decided to search the vehicle as Mudd appeared nervous and would not state where he was heading. Mudd was also in possession of a large amount of cash.

Seven bags of cocaine, with a street value of £115, were found in the vehicle.

Mudd’s home was then searched and over £3,000 in cash was found in a biscuit tin. During interview Mudd admitted that the cocaine was to be supplied to others.

He said he bought several bags each week and sold them to his football teammates. Mudd, of Gabriel Court, Hunslet, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine. Mudd later told a probation officer that he was on his way to a Christmas night out on the evening of the incident on December 20 last year.

Marcus Waite, mitigating, said Mudd only used cocaine socially but had not taken the drug since the offence.

Mr Waite said his client would make a small profit by buying a bag for £20 and then selling in on for £35. He added that Mudd only supplied to a small number of friends. Judge Sally Cahill, QC, said: “He had a ready market and he knew what it was.” The judge remanded Mudd in custody until Monday to consider what sentence to impose.