Drug couple in police sting

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A COUPLE dealing amphetamine were caught out by undercover police.

Stuart Knights and Ayshea Blundell supplied the Class B drug to fund their heavy use.

Knights was sentenced to 36 weeks jail, while his partner was given a suspended sentence when they appeared at Preston Crown Court.

Knights, 36, admitted two supplying charges, plus one of being concerned in the supply of amphetamine and another of possessing the drug with intent to supply.

Blundell, 37, pleaded guilty to five offences of supplying.

Their prosecution came from Operation Goldfinch, a police crackdown on supplying in the Fleetwood area.

Martine Snowdon, prosecuting, said last November, an undercover officer known as John first met the defendant Knights through another woman who acted as an intermediary.

The officer was taken to the couple’s home on Wingrove Road, Fleetwood.

Knights went on to supply the policeman with amphetamine.

More supplying of a small amount of the drug to the officer followed.

Knights was seen on one occasion weighing quantities of amphetamine from an amount of the drug which was about the size of a tennis ball.

Blundell became involved when the officer went to the home, but Knights wasn’t there. She went on to weigh out some white powder, asking how much he wanted.

He was given the drug, in exchange for £20. Blundell’s offences related to five dates in November and December.

The pair were arrested in May.

Knights had a three-year jail term on his record, dating back to 2006, for supplying heroin. At the time of her offences, Blundell was on a community order for possessing amphetamine.

Waheed Omran-Baber, defending, said both his clients had an entrenched drug problem. Knights was sentenced to 36 weeks’ jail.

Judge Anthony Russell told him “I suspect your entrenched drug problem and your health problems have effectively aged you.”

Blundell was given 16 weeks’ prison, suspended for a year, with 12 months’ supervision.

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