Police find £7,000 drug stash hidden around pair’s home

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Police found a £7,000 drug stash hidden all over the house a drug dealer shared with his student girlfriend, a court heard

Officers raided the home of Daniel Rutherford and Romy Rodmell after stopping their car on the M621 and finding cannabis and a bundle of cash in the vehicle,

Leeds Crown Court heard officers executed a searched warrant at their home and found bars of cannabis resin and skunk cannabis hidden in the cellar along with a bag of an hallucinogenic class A drug.

Cocaine and ketamine were found hidden in an extractor unit and amphetamine pills were in the chimney breast at the house on Harold Street, Kirkstall.

Christopher Dunn, prosecuting, said the total value of the drugs worth around £7,000.

The couple were released on bail after the incident but Rutherford, 24, was arrested again in January this year after officers saw him smoking a cannabis joint in Thornhill Street, Hyde Park..

The couple’s home was searched again and police found cannabis hidden in pasta jars. A total of £1,600 in cash was found in the property, which Rutherford initially claimed was given to him as Christmas presents.

Rutherford was jailed for four years after he pleaded guilty to three offences of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply, two of possession of a class A drug, three of possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply, possession of a class C drug with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.

Rodmell, 22, a student at Leeds Met University, pleaded guilty to three offences of possession of a class A drug, two of posession of a class B drug and one of possession of a class C drug.

She was given a 12-month community order and told to do 80 hours unpaid work.

Rutherford’s barrister told the court his client had been been tracked down by drug dealers higher up the chain after he had drugs seized from him when he received a previous drug conviction.

Michael Walsh, for Rodmell, said his client had completed her studies and was awaiting her results and graduation ceremony.