Breaking mad: Bungling drug dealer overcome by fumes as he cooks crystal meth in Wakefield kitchen

A DIY-drug dealer in Wakefield was caught by police after he almost passed out from toxic fumes while cooking up a batch of crystal meth in his kitchen.

Lee Clark, 42, was jailed for 18 months after officers found him overpowered by the huge clouds of white smoke billowing from his property.

Leeds Crown Court heard Clark’s flat was filled with items often used for the ‘Shake and Bake’ method of producing Class A drugs - including sulphuric acid, batteries, bottles, drain cleaner, tablets, face masks and rubber gloves.

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Prosecutor Mehran Nassiri said: “One of the men had claimed that they had been trying to make ‘Bubble Hash’ - but it was clear that attempts were being made to produce methamphetamine.

“Had he been successful, he would have produced five grammes.

“Clearly he wasn’t and it seems that everything went wrong.”

When officers searched the rest of the property they also found bags of amphetamine worth #7,600.

Clark pleaded guilty to attempting to produce a class A drug and possessing a class B drug with intent to supply for the incident on April 17, 2014.

John Dunning, mitigating, said Clark had a long-standing addiction to drugs - and only agreed to store the amphetamine on behalf of someone else.