Police seized around £3,000 of class A drugs after undercover officers arrested two men as they sold high-purity cocaine in Leeds city centre.Leeds
Jack Harrison, 20, and Evan York, 22, were stopped by officers carrying out an operation targeting street dealers in the city.
Leeds Crown Court heard the pair were stopped and searched in Hirst’s Yard in November last year when a youth they were with asked the officers if they wanted to buy some ‘sniff’.
Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, said Harrison was in possession of 20 bags of cocaine with a purity of 63 per cent. Officers believed the drug was being sold in a more potent form known as ‘flake’.
Harrison’s home was searched and further amounts of cocaine were found along with MDMA which had a purity of 91 per cent. Harrison was also found in possession of a lock knife. York was in possession of two bags containing smaller amounts of MDMA.
Two phones were seized from him and found to contain messages relating to drug supply.
Harrison, of Boggart Hill Drive, Seacroft, pleaded guilty to possessing a class A drug with intent to supply, possession of criminal property and possession of a bladed article.
Harrison was sent to a young offenders institution for two and a half years.
York, of Kitchener Place, Harehills, pleaded guilty to possessing MDMA with intent to supply and offering to supply cocaine.
York was given a two year sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work. Ashleigh Metcalfe, for Harrison, said he had turned to drug dealing through desperation as he had no income and had a partner and young child to support.
Mark McKone, for York, said his client committed the offences in order to fund his own drug habit at a time when he was homeless.
Judge James Spencer, QC, told Harrison: “You have been on the drug scene for some time it seems to me.”