Leeds hairdresser sold drugs to pay off debt to her dealer

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A talented hairdresser who was caught with £3,000 worth of cocaine at her home has been jailed for two years.

Police found drugs hidden inside a sewing machine after they executed a search warrant at Laura Green’s apartment in Farsley.

After being arrested Green, 26, handed police a statement which described how she got involved in dealing drugs because she had grown up in the Chapeltown area of the city and saw how easy it was to make money.

Leeds Crown Court heard Green would deliver cocaine to customers on an evening after finishing work at a hairdressing salon. Police searched her home on September 5 last year and found cocaine of a high purity of around 75 per cent. Marie Austin-Walsh, mitigating, said officers found a mobile phone which contained messages relating to dealing the drug.

Green, of Broom Mills Road, Pudsey, pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

Tony Kellbrick, mitigating, said Green had no previous convictions and was an intelligent young woman. He said Green was a talented hairdresser but had got into financial difficulties.

The barrister said Green agreed to make deliveries on behalf of a dealer to pay back the £1,000 she owed him. He said: “She would deliver between five and ten wraps on two to three days per week. When he (the dealer) had her in his clutches then she had to store some drugs for him at her house.”

Mr Kellbrick said his client felt relieved when police arrested her. He added: “This man could have kept his hooks into her for some years.”

Jailing Green, judge Christopher Batty said: “I can assure you that I take no pleasure in doing this and I sincerely hope that with the connections you have and the ability you have that you can rebuild you life.”

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