A 70-year-old with drug convictions stemming again half a century has been jailed for 10 years for his function in a cocaine provide operation.
When West Yorkshire police raided the Leeds residence of Edward Holland, 70, officers discovered a hydraulic press purchased in his identify two years earlier locked within the cellar which was used to package deal massive portions of the drug.
Additionally they discovered scales, cocaine, the blending agent benzocaine and money in addition to a “supplier listing” of names.
Police additionally discovered medicine and money on the residence of Robert Williams, 29, throughout the raid in August 2015 and he was additionally jailed for six years for his function within the operation. He pleaded responsible to conspiracy to produce cocaine and cash laundering.
Leeds Crown Courtroom heard how Holland had been jailed in 1995 for importing 40kg of hashish, and jailed in 1987 for importing cocaine, in addition to a slew of convictions relationship again to the 1960s.
James Bourne-Arton, defending, stated Holland would battle with a jail sentence at his age.
However choose Man Kearl, QC, informed the court docket: “I’m solely happy that you simply had been behind the acquisition of the hydraulic press in 2013, two years earlier than your arrest.
“You allowed your property for use over a interval of a few years with a view to put together and promote massive portions of cocaine,” the Yorkshire Night Publish reported.