Three drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 14 years after police seized £45,000 of heroin and crack cocaine – including some stashed inside a child’s toy.
Liam Hargreaves, 26, was found with class A drugs when police stopped his car in Sheepscar last August.
Fingerprints left by his accomplice, 25-year-old Justin Davies, were found on the wraps and when police went to arrest him at his house in Torre Mount, Burmantofts, he was caught “red-handed” packaging drugs for sale.
Heroin, cocaine and cannabis worth more than £43,000 were found in his house. More fingerprints led officers to a third man, 25-year-old Daniel Parker.
During a raid on Parker’s house in Lupton Avenue, Harehills, wraps of heroin and crack cocaine worth £135 were found hidden in a child’s toy in the back garden.
A search at his mother’s address in Torre Crescent uncovered £3,563 in cash secreted underneath wooden decking in the garden.
All three pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply at Leeds Crown Court.
Hargreaves, of Hemingway Garth, Hunslet, was jailed for three years and seven months.
Davies, was sentenced to five years and four months.
Parker was locked up for five years and six months
Det Insp Jaz Khan, of the specialist drugs and firearms team Operation Quartz, said: “These drugs were clearly destined to be sold on the streets where they would fuel the crime and anti-social behaviour that accompanies Class A drugs use and damages our communities.
“We hope the significant prison sentences will provide some reassurance to people living in those communities.