Dealer jailed over drugs hidden in baby milk tin at Leeds ‘safehouse’

Thomas Skeet.
Thomas Skeet.
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cocaine was found hidden in a baby milk tin when officers executed a search warrant at a drugs ‘safehouse’ in Leeds.

Officers forced entry to the property in Gamble Hill Croft, Bramley, which was the home address of 50-year-old Andrew Stringer, after receiving information about it being used to store drugs.

The address was unoccupied but when officers searched the premises they found nine bags containing the Class B drug mephedrone hidden behind the bathroom sink.

A baby milk tin from a chest of drawers in the bedroom was found to contain cocaine and electronic scales. A bag from another drawer contained more mephedrone. Stringer’s fingerprints were on the baby milk tin.

In total officers seized cocaine worth £698 and mephedrone valued at £5,125.

A latex glove was recovered which contained a full DNA profile for 25-year-old Thomas Skeet, also known as Thomas Dent.

Both Stringer and Skeet were arrested from Skeet’s home in Standale Crescent, Pudsey.

A mobile phone found in a search at Skeet’s home contained a drugs-related message. CCTV recovered from Gamble Hill Croft also showed Skeet repeatedly visiting the premises.

The pair pleaded guilty to possessing the drugs with intent to supply.

Skeet was given four years in prison and Stringer received a 12-month sentence suspended for two years.

Detective Sergeant Ciaran Burns, of Leeds District Crime Team, said: “Skeet was clearly involved in the supply of illegal drugs and used Stringer’s flat as a safehouse in an attempt to avoid being caught.

“Those efforts turned out to be in vain when officers executed a warrant at that address and searched his home and uncovered the evidence that linked him to the crime.

“Drugs cause significant damage both to the lives of individuals who take them and in our communities where they fuel crime and anti-social behaviour and those who think they can get away with dealing drugs should expect to face similar action from the police.”