Leeds dealer caught selling drugs on moped

Benjamin Osbourne
Benjamin Osbourne
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A CRIMINAL who was caught selling drugs from his moped in a busy street in Leeds has been jailed for three years.

A judge also ordered that Benjamin Osbourne’s moped be confiscated and destroyed because it was used in the commission of crime.

Osbourne, 29, was arrested after an off-duty detective spotted him handing over cannabis to a woman on Tranquillity Walk, Cross Gates.

Leeds Crown Court heard the officer saw Osbourne lift the seat of his moped where the class B drug was kept and handed it over in exchange for £10.

Mobile phones were seized from him which contained texts relating to drug dealing. Osbourne gave police a false address after his arrest before his home on Woodview Mount, Beeston, was searched on October 2 last year.

Just under £1,500 in cash was found along with cocaine worth £650 and cannabis worth £60.

Osbourne, now of Marian Grove, Beeston, pleaded guilty to possessing Class A and B drugs with intent to supply, supplying a class B drug and possession of criminal property.

Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, said Osbourne has previous convictions for drug offences.

He served a three-year sentence, imposed in 2005, for supplying heroin and cannabis.

Melissa Slaughter, mitigating, said Osbourne pleaded guilty to the offences at an early opportunity.

Jailing Osbourne, judge Neil Clark said: “You have a bad record.

“Should you come before the court again for dealing drugs you are likely to face a sentence of seven years or more.”