Fake shot-gun and drugs found in Leeds safe

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POLICE found an imitation sawn off shotgun and £23,000 worth of cocaine hidden in a safe when they searched a house where a teenager lived with his grandmother.

Steven Tennant was sent to a young offenders institution for three years after a court heard how armed police executed a search warrant at the property in Seacroft, Leeds.

Dave Mackay, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court how officers went to the house on Lambrigg Drive on the morning of November 13 last year after receiving information.

Tennant was asked if there was any drugs in the property and he replied: “Who’s grassed.”

Officers were then led to a safe were they found the fake weapon and bags of cocaine.

Various bladed weapons were also found in the safe along with scales and lists of names and telephone numbers. Smaller quantities of crack cocaine and heroin were found in bags in other parts of the house as well as cannabis plants.

The total value of the drugs seized was over £24,000.

A large sum of cash was also seized.

Tennant pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply and production of cannabis.

Tennant, who has turned 20 since the incident, refused to disclose who he had been storing the drugs for when interviewed by a probation officer.

Stephen Welford, mitigating, said: “He knows he is responsible for what he has done and he will face the consequences for that. The first step towards that was his guilty plea.”

Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “It is quite clear from what you were found in possession of that you were close to the street dealing operation which you chose to join, whether or not you were the leader.

“You were well trusted within that operation.”