POLICE discovered a drug factory containing £36,000 worth of heroin and cocaine along with a hydraulic press at a house in Leeds, a court heard.
Officers went to Richard Millar’s house on Oak Tree Walk, Gipton, after they became suspicious that stolen goods may be in the property.
Leeds Crown Court heard they went into the house and instead discovered bags of Class A drugs.
Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, said one bag was found to contain 600 individual wraps of cocaine. They also found 20 individual bags of heroin and 20 of crack cocaine. The total weight of drugs seized was just under a kilogramme and had a street value of over £36,000.
A press used for cutting cocaine with a mixing agent was found in a kitchen cupboard along with gloves, scales and a book containing a ‘tick-list’ of prices and names that the drug had been supplied to.
The court heard the figures on the list added up to £9,500. Millar, 28, pleaded guilty to two offences of supplying a class A drug. He was jailed for six years. Adrian Pollard, mitigating, said: “He was caught red-handed. He was the person buying a wholesale product and then packaging and sending it out to the dealers.”
Mr Pollard said Millar got involved in the operation to supply drugs in his local area after he built up gambling debts.
He added: “He has not tried to make any great excuses as to what he has done. For someone who has not been in a great deal of trouble and then have to face up to a lengthy period in custody, he has taken it a lot better than expected.”
Recorder Richard Gioserano told Millar: “You claim you were providing a service in doing all this in order to clear a gambling debt. That is no mitigation because that is still you doing it for significant financial gain.”