Seven years for heroin dealer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

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.

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