Seven years for heroin dealer
A DRUG dealer who was caught bringing heroin into Peterborough prison via a kiss with a visitor has been jailed for seven years at a city court.
Addict Annabelle Richardson (55) was behind bars after police raided her home.
They found more than £1,000 of class A drugs, as well as other paraphernalia associated with drug dealing.
She was remanded into custody while awaiting her trial .
But, while in prison, she was passed 1.6g of heroin – with a value of £636 – through a kiss with a visiting friend.
On Wednesday, Richardson, of Oak Avenue, Hampton Hargate, was jailed for a total of seven years by Recorder Maureen Baker QC at Peterborough Crown Court.
She was convicted of three counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply and one count of possession of class A drugs at a trial earlier this year. She also pleaded guilty to one count of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Rebecca Crane, prosecuting, said: “On February 26 2009, police executed a warrant at Richard- son’s home address.
“When they arrived they found her with three wraps of heroin in her bra and another wrap in the house, with a combined value of approximately £1,000. There was also other paraphernalia, such as scales and foil.”
In another incident, on July 3, police attended the home of Pauline Green, in Shortfen, Orton Malborne, where they found Green and Richardson with an inhaler containing a wrap of heroin.
The prosecutor said: “The inhaler had Richardson’s DNA on it. There was also 2g of crack cocaine, with a bulk value of be- tween £800 and £1,000, although that value would have been doubled if split into wraps.”
On November 2, police executed a warrant at Richardson’s home, where a golf ball size amount of heroin, with a bulk value of £300, was discovered.
She was remanded into custody.
But, on January 2 this year, while being visited in jail by a friend they kissed and heroin was passed over.
Charles Falk, defending, said Richardson had been dealing to raise cash to feed her long standing drug habit – but had been drug free for five months in jail.
He said: “Of course the dealing was commercial, but it was not for profit.
“It was only to make more funds so she could pay for drugs to feed her own habit. There was no luxury lifestyle.”
Recorder Baker told Richardson: “I accept your dealing was at the lower end of the scale and you were dealing to get money to be deployed to sustain the purchase of more drugs.
“But, because of the law, I have no alternative but to sentence you to a total of seven years.”
Green (46), who pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, has had her case adjourned.
She is next due to appear before the courts on July 2.
JAILED: Annabelle Richardson.