Three men sentenced over Spice dealing operation in Leeds

Three men behind a large-scale drug dealing operation supplying the drug Spice onto the streets of Leeds have been sentenced today.

Officers recovered Spice with a street value of around £30,000 along with other evidence of drug dealing. Weapons, including an axe, sword and meat cleaver, were also found at their properties.

Further warrants were executed at the men’s addresses in January this year resulting in the recovery of further amounts of Spice, worth between £6,000 and £10,000.

The three were subsequently charged with conspiracy to supply a Class B drug. Houghton was also charged with production of a Class B drug.

They pleaded guilty at a hearing at Leeds Crown Court in July.

Mark Baxter (left), Luke Houghton (right) Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Houghton, was jailed for 5 years and 5 months; Baxter, was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months imprisonment; and Sinden, of no fixed address, was given 21 months, suspended for two years.

Detective Inspector Phil Jackson, of Leeds District CID, said: