'A cancer society is suffering from': Drug dealer locked up after £9,500 worth of crack cocaine was found in his car in Leeds

Police found crack cocaine worth £9,500 when they stopped a drug dealer in his car in Leeds.

Friday, 9th July 2021, 12:14 pm

Reece Smith was arrested after West Yorkshire Police officers also found a truncheon and £675 in cash in the vehicle.

The officers made the discovery when they stopped Smith's vehicle in Chapeltown on June 8 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard his home in Dewsbury was then searched and eight cannabis plants were found at the property growing inside a tent.

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Reece Smith was jailed for three years at Leeds Crown Court.
Reece Smith was jailed for three years at Leeds Crown Court.

Smith was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply, production of cannabis, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of criminal property.

The court heard Smith carried out the offences in order to pay off a debt he owed to a dealer after he began using drugs.

Smith, of School Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, was described in court as a "hard working and industrious man" until the pandemic which resulted in him losing his home.

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"People have to commit crime to fund their addictions.

"That means robberies, burglaries or themselves having to supply crack. It is a vicious cycle.

"You found yourself trapped in that position.

"It impacts on the lives of those who take it.

"It is not an exaggeration to say it is a cancer that society is suffering from.

"You are now faced with the reality of the criminal activity that you were involved in."