Police discovered bags of drugs hidden behind stones in a wall near a church in Huddersfield after concerned members of the public had complained about dealing, a court heard.
At the time of the discovery in 2013 the area in the vicinity of Cowcliffe Methodist Church in South Cross Road was something of 'a drug dealing hotspot', Bashir Ahmed prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court.
On March 16 officers checked the wall and found various plastic bags stored there hidden behind stones including one containing 20 packages of heroin and another wraps of crack cocaine.
Mr Ahmed said one of the bags had the fingerprint of Fartown man Arfan Mohammed on it but it was only on the February 24 last year that police caught him when he was arrested on another matter.
On that occasion officers decided to check three men in a car parked on double yellow lines in Norman Road, Birkby.
One of the men was Mohammed who was found to have 2.65grammes of heroin in 20 separate packets hidden in his underpants. One of the other men was found to have 60 wraps of crack cocaine and is now being sought by police after failing to answer his bail.
Mr Ahmed said £550 in cash was also seized from Mohammed who claimed to have found the heroin hidden in bushes. Asked to explain his fingerprint on the bag the previous year he could not offer any proper explanation.
Ken Green representing Mohammed said he realised he was going to receive a custodial sentence even though he had no previous convictions for such offences.
At the time of the offending he had been made redundant from a call centre job and had started using Class A drugs while working and that led to his then being pressed to deal drugs.
He was from a respectable family in Huddersfield and was very ashamed of his conduct. They had now disowned him.
Mohammed, 25 of Spaines Road, Fartown, admitted possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent in 2013 and possessing heroin with intent in February last year.
Jailing him for a total of four years Recorder Richard Wright QC said to become involved in the commercial supply of Class A drugs was always serious “particularly when you persist in selling them over that period of time.”