Paisley Daily Express
Drug dealing mum locked up again for £8k cocaine haul
A coke dealer mum has been jailed for the second time for trafficking in Class-A drugs.
Annette Steele, 54, was busted with almost £8,000 of cocaine and £500 in cash when cops swooped on her house in Craigbog Avenue, Johnstone.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard Steele, who was caged for twoyears at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in 2017 for dealing cocaine and cannabis, was snared with photos of “blocks, even kilos” of cocaine on her mobile phone.
Steele also had the Wicker app on her handset, often used by crooks to encrypt their transactions, as well as multiple tick books and several mobiles, at the property.
Procurator fiscal depute David McDonald said: “Police officers attended at the property in possession of a search warrant and entry was forced.
“One person was located at the property, Annette Steele, who was shown the warrant and a systematic search was carried out.”
The court heard various plastic bags containing white powder, plastic tubs containing powder, three books containing names and numbers and several mobile phones were recovered.
Cops scouring the flat also found £ 500 in cash as well as cutting blades, scales and other drugs paraphernalia.
The prosecutor added: “On a mobile recovered were pictures of blocks, even kilos, of cocaine.
“The Wicker app used to encrypt messages was also present on a phone. Forensic analysis confirmed the accused’s DNA was recovered from the cutting blades.
“Her fingerprints were also on items. The powder recovered was identified as cocaine.”
The court heard almost 250 grams of cocaine was discovered in Steele’s house from the raid.
This would fetch a cash value of between £3,500 and £7,750 if sold in deals.
Steele appeared via video link before Sheriff Bruce Erroch and pleaded guilty to a charge of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug, namely cocaine, a Class-A substance.
Defence agent Bob Kerr told how his client had been pressurised into dealing again by crime figures to pay off debts she owed from when she was busted in the north east of Scotland.
He said: “There were various losses involved following the raid in Aberdeen.
“These individuals found her in Renfrewshire and told her she had to make up for these losses.
“They made it clear to her, she had no choice in the matter.
“She went along with it because she was frightened.”
Mr Kerr added his client had not been in trouble with the law until she was 50-years-old.
Sheriff Bruce Erroch told her: “You recognise that a custodial sentence is inevitable and has to be imposed because of the nature of the offence.
“You have pleaded guilty and, in light of your previous conviction for analogous offending, I am satisfied the only appropriate sentence in your case is custody.”
He jailed her for 27 months, reduced from 36 months, because of her plea of guilty at an early stage.
On a mobile recovered were pictures of blocks, even kilos, of cocaine