Two used ‘vul­ner­a­ble woman’s room to sell co­caine and heroin

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By JOHN HAWKINS

A‘VUL­NER­A­BLE woman’ let two London ‘county lines’ drug deal­ers use her room in a women’s refuge in Chel­tenham as a base for sell­ing co­caine and heroin in the town, a court heard.

An­gela Parker, 41, of an undis­closed ad­dress in Glouces­ter, was liv­ing in the refuge in Chel­tenham, and al­lowed Soufian Bous­sian, 20, of North Cir­cu­lar Road, London, and Mo­hammed Farah, 21, of The Green, Southall, Mid­dle­sex, to store, pre­pare and then dis­trib­ute crack co­caine and heroin from her room in ex­change for drugs.

Farah pleaded guilty at an ear­lier hear­ing to pos­sess­ing class A drugs on July 16 last year with in­tent to sup­ply and was given a three-year jail term.

Parker and Bous­sian were in the dock at Glouces­ter Crown Court.

Bous­sian also ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing both heroin and crack co­caine with in­tent to sup­ply on the same date, and Parker ad­mit­ted en­cour­ag­ing or as­sist- ing of­fend­ers be­tween July 7 and 17 2017.

Prose­cu­tor, Ja­nine Wood, told Judge Ian Lawrie, QC, that po­lice were called to the women’s refuge in Chel­tenham at 1.45am due to re­ports of men be­ing in the build­ing.

When of­fi­cers at­tended they could smell cannabis com­ing from Parker’s room.

When they en­tered the room the three de­fen­dants were in there, and the po­lice found £5,000 of hard drugs, along with cling film and scales.

Mo­bile phones which were seized showed that the two men were in­volved in a so called ‘county lines’ dan­ger­ous drug net­work, send­ing out bulk ad­ver­tis­ing mes­sages about their evil wares.

When Parker was ar­rested and strip searched at the po­lice sta­tion, 20 wraps of crack co­caine fell from her bra, the court heard.

Mrs Wood said Parker had 14 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for 43 of­fences.

Bous­sain had a ‘lim­ited record’ but did have a con­vic­tion for sup­ply­ing am­phet­a­mine, a class B drug, she said.

Parker’s lawyer, Ge­orge Threlfall, said of his client: “She may have em­braced be­ing cuck­ooed with a lit­tle too much en­thu­si­asm.”

He added that Parker had been in a re­la­tion­ship ‘where they were rac­ing each other to de­struc­tion’ and that led to her class A ad­dic­tion.

“This is a woman who has un­doubt­edly been ex­ploited by two young men,” the bar­ris­ter ar­gued.

Judge Lawrie said he agreed with that sug­ges­tion: “I can see what her code­fen­dants were up to. They spot­ted a vul­ner­a­ble per­son and ex­ploited it.”

Mr Threlfall said since the of­fend­ing last July, his client had ob­tained steady work, and was now back with fam­ily in sta­ble ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The judge im­posed a 15-month jail term sus­pended for two years with 20 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity ses­sions on Parker.

How­ever he told Bous­sian’s lawyer, Ellen Mcanaw that he would be pass­ing an im­me­di­ate jail term on her client.

“He is a cow­ard as well as a drug dealer,” the judge said.

Ms Mcanaw said Bous­sian had ‘signed up for a drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion course in Bris­tol prison’ since he was re­manded in cus­tody.

“He is also due to start a con­struc­tion course. That will give him a CSCS card.

“That will help him break the repet­i­tive cy­cle of go­ing in and out of cus­tody.

The judge said he would give Bous­sian the same jail term that Farah had re­ceived.

“I am go­ing to match the sen­tence, as there should be par­ity of ap­proach. So three years it is.

“I hope you make con­struc­tive use of your time in cus­tody.”

Soufian Bous­sian and Mo­hammed Farah

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