Police found £110k drug stash in home

BEHIND BARS Leslie Cropper.
BEHIND BARS Leslie Cropper.

Police found more than £110,000 of heroin in a home after a man crashed his car when he had been drinking.

Leeds Crown Court heard Leslie Cropper first drew attention to himself when he had a drunken argument with his partner in Dewsbury in the early hours of November 30.

Neighbours in Headland Street, Earlsheaton, heard screaming and shouting and then saw him walk away before returning at speed in a Ford Focus from his home nearby in Walker Street

Prosecutor Dave Mackay said Cropper continued the row through the window of the car before he drove off, only to return once more at speed.

However, he failed to negotiate the junction at Walker Street and crashed down an embankment. He got out of the car and went home where he was found hiding in the loft by police.

A reading showed he had 53mgs in 100mls of breath, the limit being 35. He told them: “I just had a barney with my missus and drove straight off there.”

Mr Mackay said officers had also found heroin and crack cocaine with him in the loft and more heroin in a bag in the bedroom.

The heroin weighed 2.389kgs with a potential street value of £112,000, while the crack cocaine was worth £6,000. Around £600 in cannabis was also found which Cropper said was for his own use.

Initially Cropper claimed to have found the drugs but he later admitted he had been approached a few months earlier by a taxi driver who offered him some work.

That turned out to be bagging up the Class A drugs for which he was paid £1,200 each time. He said he did it because if was “easy money.”

Kathryn Stuckey, mitigating, said Cropper worked as a window cleaner but was only earning around £150 a week and found it difficult to make ends meet.

He also wanted to have more for his family over Christmas and naively did not consider what he was getting involved in.

“His end thought was getting the money he was promised,” she said.

Cropper, 37, admitted possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, possession of cannabis and driving over the prescribed limit.

He was jailed for five years and four months and banned from driving for 12 months.

Judge Sally Cahill QC told him: “It seems to me to have this amount of heroin in your possession it must have been completely clear to you the scale of the operation you had become involved in.

“This was a very large amount indeed.

“You had it to cut up and deliver it back to those who gave it to you and you were paid £1200 each time so you did it for financial gain.”