Addict hid drugs down drain

Issue 519

A man who hid heroin and cocaine worth £65,000 down a drain outside his home has been jailed for more than four years.
Adam Barnes, 27, of Caledonian Road, Batley, pleaded guilty at Leeds Crown Court to possession with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.
The drugs, 889 grammes of heroin worth £44,450 and 281 grammes of crack cocaine worth £21,075, were found by a Yorkshire Water workman.
They were in a bag, which also contained latex gloves and digital scales.
The court heard Barnes had previous convictions for drugs offences.
John Wilkinson, mitigating, said Barnes was holding the heroin and cocaine as a favou,r in return for small quantities for himself.
He added Barnes’s mum was an addict who died when he was 17, that he had grown up around adults with drug habits and that despite getting a decent job with a building firm, he too ended up an addict.
Recorder Peter Babb, in jailing Barnes for four years and eight months, said: “This was a substantial quantity of drugs, which inevitably means a custodial sentence.”

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