Drug dealer from Moortown jailed after city centre parking fail led to arrest Leeds Crown Court told

A dealer caught in Leeds city centre with drugs worth more than £500 and just under £1,000 cash came to the attention of police after his car was spotted parked on double yellow lines, a court heard.

By Mark Lavery
Friday, 3rd July 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 6:54 am

Police approached 24-year-old Yashaar Hussain's car after it had been spotted parked at the junction of Cloth Hall Street and Crown Street in the city centre, Leeds Crown Court was told.

Katy Varlow, prosecuting, said officers searched the car after smelling cannabis during the incident at around 11.30pm on July 28 2019.

Officers found bags of cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and cannabis worth a total of £540 in the car along with three mobile phones and £975 cash.

Yashaar Hussain

Police also found a metal bar in the car.

The mobile phones were for a dealer line and contained messages connected to drug dealing.

One Nokia mobile phone had 418 messages sent and received to and from the same number within a 23-day period.

Hussain, of Carr Manor Road, Moortown, was jailed for more than two years after admitting two charges of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and two charges of possessing class B drugs with intent to supply.

Mitigating, Charles Blatchford, said Hussain comes from a "good family", adding: "He said he was smoking cannabis on credit. The debt has built up and the dealer said 'I'm not interested in your money, this is what you are going to do for me.'"

Mr Blatchford added: "He is ashamed of what he has done and the situation he has got himself into.

"He is embarrassed and feels remorse for the shame he is going to bring on his family."

Hussain has one previous conviction dating back to 2018, for criminal damage.

The court heard Hussain was in possession of cocaine with a street value of £120, ecstasy with a street value of £260, ketamine worth £140 and cannabis worth £20.

Jailing Hussain for two-years-and-one-month, Judge Robin Mairs told him. "You also had a metal bar with you - I have no doubt as a protective weapon - and three phones. You were operating as a mobile dealing unit. I accept that you were, in essence, a foot soldier."