Cocaine man gets four years

Andrew Moroney, jailed for drug offences Nov 2011
Andrew Moroney, jailed for drug offences Nov 2011
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A DRUG dealer caught with a stash of cocaine has been jailed for four years.

Leeds Crown Court heard told how police saw Andrew Moroney in Wakefield Bus Station on March 2 and approached him.

Prosecutor Shamaila Qureshi said Moroney, 26, gave brief details before running off. An officer gave chase and arrested Moroney as he was making a phone call, saying: “I’ve been arrested. You know what to do.”

Moroney was searched and police found a bag of cocaine, worth £496, in his pocket. A further search of his clothing revealed small set of silver scales.

Police searched his then home in College Grove where they found more cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

He was bailed. But on April 15 police were asked to attend Moroney’s new address in York Street after the landlord had concerns about drugs. Police found a small amount of cannabis but £1,909 worth of cocaine.

Moroney, now of Hare Park Crofton, admitted two charges of possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis.

Michael Smith, mitigating, said Moroney had no previous convictions for drug trafficking on his record. He played a subordinate role rather than a significant one and was supplying his network of friends.

The barrister added: “It was low end of the scale of dealing. He had a somewhat nomadic lifestyle.”

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, passing sentence, said: “Police searched and found somewhere in the region of £1,900 worth of cocaine and other items involved, so that you were clearly involved in the business of supplying it.”