A university student has lost the chance of completing his degree after a judge jailed him for drug dealing.

Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday that Rakeem Charles from Huddersfield was arrested as part of Operation Overwood in which undercover officers targeted suppliers in the Kirklees area.

He had planned to return to Salford University in September to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree, his solicitor James Littlehales told the court, but an immediate jail sentence would prevent that.

Jailing Charles for 32 months Judge Guy Kearl QC said drugs were a significant problem in the Kirklees area and on four occasions Charles supplied undercover officers.

He accepted Charles had stopped after that but he was not unintelligent and had involved himself out of his own volition.

“You are not a Class A drug user,” the judge told him.

Charles, 22 of Blacker Road, Birkby, admitted seven charges of supplying heroin or crack cocaine.

John Bull, prosecuting, said Charles supplied to the undercover officers on four dates after contact to a “ring and bring” drug line.

On the first occasion they were directed on January 28 to the KFC in Leeds Road, Huddersfield, where he pulled up in a Fiesta car. He was given the tag name KFC until identified from stills taken during the operation.

On the next two occasions on February 4 and 5 after ringing a drug line the officers were directed to Woodhouse Hill where Charles was the person who handed their order over. Finally, on February 6 they were directed to a park near the Texaco Garage in Bradford Road, Huddersfield.

He told police “ I have done it out of stupidity.”

In court Charles said he had helped drive another man around receiving £5 or £10 petrol money not knowing what he was doing, but had then been asked to deliver himself for a small sum and knew then it was drugs.

He had quickly stopped doing that and not realised the seriousness of his brief involvement.

Mr Littlehales said “He may be bright but he is still naive.”

Judge Kearl also jailed Boris Brown, 35 of Bishop’s Court, Berry Brow, for 32 months after he admitted 13 charges of supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Boris Brown
Boris Brown
 

The judge said he accepted Brown had not been in trouble before and wanted money towards medical help for his mother and had come under some pressure to pay back a loan “but you had a choice, you could have gone to the police.”

Mr Bull said Brown was involved after officers rang a different drug line and supplied between November 25 and December 19 last year.

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