Dursley drug dealer convicted after stash found in crisp packet
2:11pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
DRUG-DEALER Leslie Ind, who hid £2,000 worth of cocaine in a crisp packet stashed beneath the dashboard of his van, was today given a week to put his affairs in order before going to prison.
The 37-year-old of Rosebery Road, Dursley was found guilty by a jury of six men and six women at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday, October 4.
Ind, the father of a new baby, had denied possessing the Class A drug with intent to supply but he had pleaded guilty to simple possession.
The well-liked, hard-working handyman had claimed that the 14 grams of cocaine found in a McCoy’s crisp packet in his van parked in his driveway was not his.
He also claimed to have no knowledge of a set of digital scales and a quantity of the cutting agent Benzocane, which was found at his address on July 19, last year.
He said that he often left his van unlocked with the keys in the ignition because “other people used the vehicle”.
Defence barrister Phillip Warren told the court that Ind used to have a drugs problem and had been “spiralling downward” but he had found a new partner, became a father and had “turned his life around”.
Ind handed police 14 grams of cocaine when officers executed a search warrant but insisted the drug was for his own personal use.
His Honour Judge Jamie Tabor QC told the defendant: "The unavoidable consequence of drug-dealing is custody and you must accept the inevitable.
"You knew full well what you were getting into but this case, I am sure, has pulled you up short."
The judge adjourned sentencing until October 10 and granted Ind unconditional bail until that date "when a term of imprisonment is inevitable".
Ind was also told that a Proceeds of Crime Act investigation into his finances would be held.