West Yorkshire dealers transformed York hotel room into drug den

Jacob Dobson
Jacob Dobson -Credit:NYP

Two men have been sentenced after cops raided their temporary drug den at a York hotel.

Lewis Benson, 20, of Princess Street in Dewsbury and Jacob Dobson, 22-years-old of Windsor Road in Batley both pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class-A drugs. Appearing at York Crown Court on Friday, April 12, Dobson was sentenced to three years and six months in prison and Benson was sentenced to a 20-month custodial sentence, suspended for 18.

On Thursday, October 5 2023 police officers from the York Expedite Team worked with officers from West Yorkshire Police to uncover the travelling duo and their intentions to deal drugs.

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A York hotel room was booked in Dobson’s name and CCTV footage captures him and Benson arriving together that morning. When officers entered the room, they found Benson inside and uncovered a large quantity of class A drugs, two mobile phones and a lock knife.

Dobson later returned to the room and was found to be in possession of a quantity of cash. The drugs, cash, phones and weapon were seized by officers and the men were arrested. The phones continued to ring throughout the day indicating that the men were involved in county lines activity. North Yorkshire Police have not disclosed the type of Class A drugs that were discovered.

PC Damion Liversidge from the York Expedite Team said: "We’re committed to dismantling county lines networks through the targeting of offenders and the safeguarding of victims. This case demonstrates that we will work tirelessly to prosecute criminals for drug dealing. It also shows that there are no borders, we will continue to work with other police forces to share intelligence and act on information.

"I would urge local communities to continue to work with us by informing us of any suspicious activity. The information you provide may help us secure our next conviction”.

Lewis Benson
Lewis Benson -Credit:NYP

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