Leeds dealer jailed over drug stashed in cars

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A Cannabis dealer who was caught with thousands of pounds worth of the class B drug after being stopped by police on successive days has been jailed.

Eoghan Stratford was sent to prison for 12 months after a court heard how £6,000 of cannabis was found in his car when police stopped him on De Lacy Mount, Kirkstall, on June 15 this year.

Stratford, 25, and released on bail but was approached by officers the following day as he was carrying a bag along Spen Road.

Stratford ran off but was caught and said he was on his way to his friend’s home on Spen Road. Police went to the address and saw James Halliday come from the property and go to a car parked outside.

That vehicle was searched and £1,800 worth of cannabis was found inside. Halliday’s home was then searched and officers discovered £8,000 in cash wrapped up in socks. Stratford, of Morris Lane, pleaded guilty to two offences of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

The court heard Stratford had been a heavy cannabis user and agreed to become involved in storing the drug for those who supplied him.

Mark Pritchard, mitigating, said Stratford no longer had problems with substance abuse and was motivated to find a new career.

Halliday, of Spen Lane, pleaded guilty to one offence of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Stuart Field, for Halliday, said his client agreed to store the cannabis for his Stratford out of “misguided loyalty.”

He added: “What he is guilty of beyond any doubt is gross foolishness.”

Halliday was given a nine month prison sentence, suspended to two years, and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.

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