Crisp packet drug dealer from Dursley jailed
12:31pm Monday 14th 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, has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.
The 37-year-old father of a new baby, whose partner was in the public gallery of Gloucester Crown Court, wept on Thursday, October 10 as His Honour Judge Jamie Tabor QC passed sentence.
Ind, of Rosebery Road , Dursley had been found unanimously guilty last week by a jury of six men and six woman of possessing the Class A drug with intent to supply.
Yesterday the judge told Ind, who hung his head and buried his face in his hands "If you deal in Class A drugs then you go to prison. Full-stop.
"You were a street dealer with an addiction and the evidence was such that you were unwise to plead not guilty.
"But it is the family you leave behind who will suffer more."
The well-liked, hard-working handyman had claimed that 44 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".
Ind had admitted straight possession of just 14 grams of cocaine when officers executed a search warrant.
Ind was also told that a Proceeds of Crime Act investigation into his finances would be held.
The court heard that Ind had had a £150 a week cocaine habit but had been clean for five or six months.
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