Leeds drug dealer flagged down police and told them about cocaine in his car

Michael Charlotte.
Michael Charlotte.

A drug dealer who flagged down a police car and told officers he had cocaine in his van has been sent to prison.

Michael Charlotte was sentenced to two years, four months, by a judge who described the case as “very odd”.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers came across Charlotte as he was in the middle of a roundabout on Charlesworth Way, close to Wakefield city centre, at 2am on April 11 this year.

Charlotte’s van was parked close the roundabout with the doors open and hazard lights flashing.

Charlotte, 28, then asked the officers if they were looking for him told them he had taken cocaine and needed to go to hospital.

Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, said Charlotte then showed the officers a bad of cocaine with a 76 per cent purity, worth around £270, and set of scales.

Charlotte was arrested and tests showed he had been driving under the influence of cocaine.

He admitted in interview that he had bought £800 worth of cocaine. He said he had bought the class A drug mainly for his own use but planned to sell some.

Charlotte, of Brooklands Crescent, Seacroft, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply and driving while unfit through drugs.

Anastasis Tassou, mitigating, said Charlotte had been suffering from depression at the time of the incident.

Mr Tassou said Charlotte had had lost his job as a result of the offending, had co-operated with police and pleaded guilty at the earliest possible stage.