A CANNABIS dealer had more than £5,000 worth of the drug in his car when he was stopped by police at a petrol station in Leeds.
Kasif Hussain, 33, was arrested at the garage on Cardigan Road, Burley, in the early hours of January 13 this year when police became suspicious after smelling the drug. The Ford Focus was searched and large amounts of the drug were found in different containers and bags in the back of the vehicle and in the boot.
A small amount of amphetamine was also discovered along with a carrier bag containing cannabis stalks, leaves and a pair of pruning shears. A ‘dealer list’ containing names alongside an quantities of the drug to be supplied was also in the boot. Hussain’s mobile phone was seized and text messages were recovered which referred to him acting as a drug runner.
Hussain, of Delph Mount, Hyde Park, refused to comment in interview but later pleaded guilty to possession of a class B with intent to supply and possession of a class B drug. Graham Parkin, mitigating, said Hussain had begun using cannabis heavily after being made redundant from his job as a baker.
Mr Parkin said his client got into debt with his dealer and began delivering the drug for him in order to clear the amount he owed. He added that Hussain had a young family and was receiving support from his relatives.
Hussain was given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 250 hours unpaid work.
Judge Guy Kearl, QC, said: “It is plain that there were people above you in the chain.”