Pair jailed over £17,000 drug deal

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TWO men who were caught by police as they carried out a cannabis deal worth £17,000 have been jailed.

Cornelius Desmond, 69, and Stuart Herron, 28, were arrested when police interrupted the two men as they carried out the deal on a quiet dirt track in Castleford on September 21 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Desmond, 69, slammed the boot of his BMW shut as the officers approached them.

Two kilogrammes of the class B drug were found in bags in the rear of the vehicle.

Officers then searched the BMW which Herron was driving and discovered £11,000 in cash.

Many of the bank notes were found to be contaminated with cocaine.

The court heard Herron was carrying out a “wholesale” purchase of the drug which was intended to be sold for profit in Scotland.

Desmond was interviewed and claimed he had gone to meet Herron to discuss business.

The court heard that both men work in the power cabling industry.

Herron claimed he had the cash to buy a new car.

Both men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis.

The pair gave evidence at the sentencing hearing in which judge Tom Bayliss, QC, described how they had both tried to “minimise” their involvement in the drug deal.

The judge told Desmond he believed he had lied to the court.

Herron, of Heather Court, Whitwood, Castleford, was jailed for two years and three months.

Desmond, of Rosslyn Avenue, Ackworth, Pontefract, was jailed for two years, one month.

The judge said: “Both men were motivated by the expectation of substantial commercial gain.”