WHEN the police arrested five people for their parts in a conspiracy to supply drugs, they recovered heroin and cocaine with a street value of almost £30,000.
And at Warwick Crown Court four of them were jailed, while the fifth was remanded in custody to be sentenced early next year.
Jodie Bleach, Lauren Gough, Natasha Langsford and Curtis Sutherland had all pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiring to supply class A drugs – and Agandy Anderson was convicted after a trial.
Langsford, 21, of Trevelyan Crescent, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Gough, 22, of Avenue Road, Leamington, whose home at the time was used for packaging drugs, were both jailed for three years.
Sutherland, 22, of Green Park Avenue, Wolverhampton, was jailed for three-and-a-half years, and Anderson, 18, of Chervil Rise, Heathtown, Wolverhampton, was sentenced to three years and four month detention.
Jodie Bleach, 42, of Fallow Hill, Leamington, was remanded in custody when her case was adjourned for a ‘trial of issue’ after Judge Robert Orme rejected her basis of plea.
Prosecutor Philip Gibbs said on 17th April last year there was a police operation targeting Bleach and her home.
During the day they saw Anderson regularly leaving the flat to supply crack and heroin to known drug-users. When he was arrested as he turned up for another exchange, he had a wrap of heroin, £50 in cash and a key.
Within minutes, police swooped on Bleach’s flat, letting themselves in with the key taken from Anderson, and found ‘clear evidence of conspiracy to supply.’
In plastic Kinder eggs in the lounge were 21 wraps of heroin with a street value of £210 and 15 wraps of crack worth £450. In the kitchen were 35 wraps of heroin worth £820 hidden in a flower pot. There was also a dealers list.
Bleach then returned, but could not get in—because she had let Anderson have the key to the flat.
“While the police were there other men came to the door asking for her; and the Crown say they were customers looking for Class A drugs.”
Mr Gibbs said scientific analy-sis showed the drugs Anderson supplied on the street were from the same batch as those in the flat.
Natasha Langsford’s fingerprints were found in the flat, and on Bleach’s phone was a message referring to ‘Tash’ having more drugs. So police raided the flat in Christine Ledger Square, Leamington, where Langsford and Gough, her girlfriend at the time, lived. Gough was the only person there and said Langsford had gone to a shop with Sutherland.
On a shelf were two cardboard boxes, one containing money bags and £1,039 in cash, and the other £1,780 in cash and just over 33 grams of crack worth £3,340.
Under a cushion was crack worth £520, and in the bedroom another box containing 150.8 grams of heroin worth just over £15,000 and paracetamol which is used as a cutting agent for heroin.
Langsford and Sutherland returned and were arrested, and on Sutherland police found his rail ticket, 13 wraps of heroin and eight of crack which tests showed were from the batches in the flat.
“Gough and Langsford were controlling, no doubt on behalf of someone further up the chain, the replenishment of stock for dealers out on the street. They are at the very heart of it. Although they were working for a wage, they are significant players.
“The Crown’s case is that Anderson and Sutherland had come from Wolverhampton to act as street dealers, and that Langsford’s flat was being used as the base and Bleach’s was being used as a safe house for the dealers,” said Mr Gibbs.
He said the heroin and crack seized at the flats and from the defendants had a potential street value, when the heroin had been cut with paracetamol, of £29,950.
Nick Aldridge, for Langsford, said: “She comes from the Stratford area and moved over to Leamington and became involved in a relationship and started to get involved with the wrong crowd.
“She was using cannabis on a regular basis, and as a result had accumulated a debt of in the region of £900. The suggestion was pressed on her that she should work for this dealer to get this debt paid.
“What she was doing was preparing drugs to be passed on to runners. People would come to her address to pick up the drugs and to drop off the money.”
Bleach had entered her plea on the basis that she had drug debts, and under pressure from a dealer she had allowed a ‘runner’ to stay at her flat and use it as a base, but that no drugs were stored at the flat or sold from there.
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