Two men caught selling class A drugs on Leeds street handed suspended prison sentences

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TWO men who were caught selling class A drugs in the street have been handed suspended prison sentences.

Dani Della-Verde and Finn Milburn were stopped in a black Audi after police officers on patrol in Cardigan Lane became suspicious after they saw what appeared to be a drug deal take place.

John Bull, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court that Della-Verde was driving and Milburn was in the front passenger seat.

Della-Verde was searched and found in possession of seven packages of cocaine and 10 packages of powdered MDMA.

Further quantities of the drugs were found when police searched his home on Oak Tree Drive, Gipton, Leeds.

Milburn was also found in possession of cocaine and MDMA.

More drugs were found at his home on Richmond Road, Hyde Park, along with an amount of ketamine.

Della-Verde, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and MDMA and failing to answer bail. Milburn, 19 pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, MDMA and ketamine with intent to supply.

The court heard both men knew each other from music college and had got involved in selling drugs after they got into debt with dealers he had supplied them with cocaine.

Lawyers for the pair urged judge Tom Bayliss, QC, to take an exceptional course by not imposing immediate prison sentences.

The court heard both defendants came from supportive families and were both ashamed of their offending. Both men were given two year prison sentence, suspended for two years, and were ordered to do 300 hours unpaid work.

Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “The reason you became involved is because you had incurred drug debts.”