Two Leeds men jailed after police find £20,000 drugs stash

Duane Bryan-Francois. Below, Ian Magras.
Duane Bryan-Francois. Below, Ian Magras.
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Two men have been jailed for more than eight years after police discovered £20,000 worth of drugs and a cannabis growing set-up at a house in Leeds.

Officers found a carrier bag full of crack cocaine and heroin worth £8,000 and cannabis plants valued at over £12,000, at the house on Mexborough Grove in Chapeltown in 2012.

Ian Magras, 49, was arrested for drugs offences. Forensic examination uncovered fingerprints on some of the cannabis equipment, which were identified as belonging to 29-year-old Duane Bryan-Francois.

Magras told officers he was not involved in growing the plants and that they belonged to a man who he could not name because he was dangerous.

He said he allowed his house to be used to grow the plants to pay a debt and denied any knowledge of the other drugs.

Francois-Bryan, of Ashby Cresent, Leeds, was charged with production of cannabis and possession of cannabis, heroin and cocaine with intent to supply.

He was found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday.

Magras, of Savile Place, Leeds, was charged with production of cannabis and possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years and three months in prison.

Detective Inspector Jaz Khan, from Leeds District Quartz Team, said: “This was a very significant seizure of drugs that were clearly destined to be sold on the streets of Leeds where they would fuel the crime and anti-social behaviour that accompanies drugs use. We hope this success will provide reassurance to people living in those communities and send out a clear deterrent message to others involved in the supply of drugs.”


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