Police bikers arrested drug dealing scooter rider in field, Leeds Crown Court told
Police on motorbikes arrested a drug dealer riding a motor scooter after spotting it had false number plates, Leeds Crown Court heard.
Nathaniel Dickinson was riding the scooter on Leeds Road, Batley, when he saw police and rode off.
Police followed Dickinson as he rode on to fields off Carlinghow Lane during the incident at 7pm on May 3 2020.
Bashir Ahmed, prosecuting, said when police caught up with Dickinson he abandoned the scooter and tried to run away, but tripped and fell.
Dickinson, of Ealing Court, Batley, tried to throw away a shoulder bag during a struggle with police before he was arrested.
Mr Ahmed said the bag was found to contain 20 plastic bags containing Class A, B and C drugs.
There was 22 milligrams of cocaine, 28.54 grammes of ketamine and 91 tablets of an unnamed class C drug.
The total value of the drugs was around £670.
Police also seized £100 cash and two mobile phones.
One of the phones contained messages which indicated drug dealing had taken place.
Father-of-two Dickinson, 29, admitted possessing cocaine and three charges of possessing class B and class C drugs with intent to supply.
He has 17 previous convictions for 31 offences including possessing class B drugs, damage and traffic offences.
A probation officer told the court Dickinson said he had been using cocaine and ketamine at the time and had been dealing to pay off drug debts.
He said Dickinson occasionally smokes cannabis but no longer uses cocaine or ketamine.
The probation officer said: "The defendant did describe his behaviour as stupid and this will be the last time he returns to court.
"He says he currently lives with a friend. He privately rents from him.
"He is currently working for a distribution company, loading and unloading trucks and is expected to be promoted in the coming weeks."
Recorder Richard Wright sentenced Dickinson to an 18 month community order plus 180 hours unpaid work.
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