Man who stashed drugs under his bed is jailed

SENT DOWN: Richard Thomas Furey was given three years.
SENT DOWN: Richard Thomas Furey was given three years.
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Police stopped a cyclist in Liversedge before uncovering a drugs business worth thousands of pounds in his bedroom.

Richard Thomas Furey was stopped by police on November 27 last year, when police noticed he was carrying a crowbar.

Officers then found he was carrying a bag of white powder – later confirmed to be amphetamine – in a cigarette case.

Police then searched the home he shared with his wife Lorraine, before finding 619 grams of amphetamine, with street value of £5,860, in a carrier bag under the couple’s bed.

A total of £78 worth of drugs, and £200 in cash – which Lorraine Furey admitted was from selling drugs – was found in her purse.

Officers also found a number of American dollars under the bed, along with the couple’s passports.

Prosecuting, Marie Austen-Walsh added police then carried out inquiries on the couple’s finances before finding £14,858 over 18 months the couple were unable to account for.

When interviewed by police, Furey said he got into dealing in an attempt to pay off his own drug debts, and was the leader in the couple’s operation. Furey, 51, also admitted to police he was on his way to deliver the drugs on the day of his arrest.

Representing the couple, Neil Murphy said: “These are very serious offences, but [Furey] has not denied his activities.”

Sentencing Richard Furey, Recorder Judge Hirst said although the couple’s home was used as a depot for drugs, he conceded Lorraine Furey had a lesser role in the drug-dealing.

Furey, of Union Road, Liversedge, was sentenced to a total of three years in prison after admitting posession with intent to supply amphetamine.

Lorraine Furey, 46, was given a 14-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and a 12-month community order with 200 hours unpaid work requirement.