Army vet­eran had knuck­le­duster, class A drugs and ma­chete

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AN army vet­eran who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq has been jailed for sup­ply­ing crack co­caine and heroin.

Dad-of-three Lee Far­ley was caught by po­lice in Bacup with £1,110 worth of class A drugs and in posses­sion of a knuck­le­duster and ori­en­tal ‘Samu­rai-type’ ma­chete.

Pros­e­cu­tor Stephen Parker told Burn­ley Crown Court how of­fi­cers were given in­for­ma­tion that Far­ley’s car was in­volved in the sup­ply of drugs and spot­ted him on Mar­ket Street in Bacup at around 1am on July 23 last year.

The court heard that po­lice could smell cannabis com­ing from the de­fen­dant’s ve­hi­cle and saw a ‘large knife’ in the door pocket. When Far­ley was asked to leave the car he also handed po­lice a quan­tity of cannabis and a knuck­le­duster.

Mr Parker said four Kin­der Eggs were re­cov­ered with two con­tain­ing 73 wraps of class A drugs.

They in­cluded £760 worth of heroin split into 38 £20 deals and £350 worth of crack co­caine split into 35 £10 deals.

When in­ter­viewed by po­lice, un­em­ployed Far­ley said he had been a cannabis ad­dict for ‘some con­sid­er­able time’ and needed money to fund his £40 a day habit.

He also claimed the knuck­le­duster was from a belt buckle, did not fit his hand and was not for pro­tec­tion.

Mr Parker said when of­fi­cers asked him about the class A drugs he ‘be­came ex­tremely an­gry and started shout­ing and swear­ing’.

Far­ley, 43, of Abbey Road, Mid­dle­ton, pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing heroin and crack co­caine with in­tent to sup­ply, pos­sess­ing a ma­chete and a ●● Lee Far­ley knuckle duster in a pub­lic place and pos­sess­ing cannabis. He was jailed for a to­tal of four years.

The court heard how Far­ley served six years in the Army in­clud­ing tours of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Judge Si­mon Med­land QC said he had to ‘ac­knowl­edge the six years valu­able ser­vice you gave to your coun­try’ but bal­ance it against his lack of co­op­er­a­tion with the po­lice. The court heard that Far­ley con­tin­ued to deny the of­fences un­til the day of sen­tence and ‘spun lie af­ter lie’ to the pro­ba­tion ser­vice.

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Med­land said: “Plainly you were run­ning drugs on be­half of some­one else.

“You were nowhere near the top of the tree but un­less peo­ple like you are pre­pared to un­der­take th­ese roles the drug trade would not be as suc­cess­ful as re­gret­tably it is.”

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