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