Dealer caught selling drugs in Leeds street after jail release

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A DRUG dealer who was caught selling heroin and cocaine on the street of Leeds after his release from prison has been sent back to jail.

A court heard Ben Walker was in the grip of gangsters higher up the drug supply chain and had no choice but to sell them to pay off a debt.

Police arrested Walker on Brown Lane East, Whitkirk, on April 30 this year after they spotted him acting suspiciously holding two mobile phones.

He was searched and found in possession of 24 bags of the class A drugs.

Walker initially claimed to have found the drugs and said he was not intending to sell them.

Walker, 23, of Balm Place, Holbeck, pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis.

Graham Parkin, for Walker, said his client was contacted by criminals after being released from jail.

Mr Parkin said Walker was given an “unpleasant” choice before returning to selling drug.

He said: “His family have taken steps to deal with that issue. Although the proper course would be to go to the police, they would not be able to do that.

“He knows that the custody threshold has been passed and knows that the sentence will be years rather than months.”

Judge Neil Clark gave Walker a sentence of two years and eight months.

He said: “This is a sad case but also a fairly typical one.

“If mitigation is correct you are an example of what drugs can do to people.

“A young man with a decent, supportive family finds himself in court acquiring a terrible record. You must have known what you were getting into.”

Walker faces a minimum sentence of seven years if he is convicted of supplying drugs for a third time.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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