Leeds dealer used kids’ sweets to store drugs

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Officers got an unwelcome “Kinder surprise” when they arrested a man following a chase.

Following searches the officers found he had crack cocaine and heroin hidden in one of the plastic eggs used to store the children’s sweets.

Simon James Easton was yesterday jailed for 30 months at Leeds Crown Court after he admitted possessing six wraps of heroin and eight wraps of crack cocaine with intent to supply.

Philip Adams prosecuting said police began following a Nissan car in the Beeston area of Leeds in the early hours of September 17 last year.

As they followed him the car sped off when they tried to stop it.

Minutes later they found the vehicle abandoned and, after obtaining help from a police dog, they found Easton and another man hiding in a garden in the nearby area.

The plastic Kinder egg containing £70 worth of heroin and £42 worth of crack cocaine was then found on Easton, 22, of Sefton Avenue, Beeston.

Keith Whitehouse representing Easton told the court he had moved to the Leeds area in 2012 from the North East and was hoping to start a new life.

However quickly things went sour and soon he had become addicted to crack cocaine himself.

He then began for the first time street dealing for his supplier in return for getting the drug for himself.

Mr Whitehouse told the court: “He accepts he was a foot soldier carrying for others.”

Jailing Easton the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, said: “The background is a sorry one, but an all too familiar one.

“You became addicted to Class A drugs and became involved in the supply for those higher up the chain in order you would be supplied with drugs.”


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