Army veteran had knuckleduster, class A drugs and machete
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.”