Woman jailed for supplying Class A drugs

Carley Bell, of Meadway, Blackpool, sentenced to three and half years for possessing crack and heroin with intent to supply

Carley Bell, of Meadway, Blackpool, sentenced to three and half years for possessing crack and heroin with intent to supply

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A woman has been jailed after crack, heroin and other drugs were discovered during a police raid on her home.

A court heard Carley Bell had been addicted to Class A drugs for more than half her life.

She was jailed for three years and eight months by a judge at Preston Crown Court.

She had turned to heroin over problems in her 
personal life, the court was told.

Bell, 36, formerly of Meadway, South Shore, pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing drugs with intent to supply, two of being concerned in the supply of drugs and also the possession of cannabis.

A search warrant was executed at her home by police in July last year.

Hanifa Patel, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said that hidden inside a child’s toy egg, officers found nine wraps of heroin and 20 wraps of crack cocaine.

Two Subutex tablets, used to help addicts withdraw from drugs, were also found.

There was also a bag of cannabis, plus empty bags, electronic scales and £240 cash.

A mobile phone found on the premises contained messages about drugs.

Bell admitted to police possessing the drugs, but denied having any part in dealing. In 2007 she was given two years jail for being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.

Rachel Woods, defending, said two men had taken up residence in Bell’s home. She knew they were drug dealers.

“She was allowing them to stay there to fund her own addiction because they were supplying her with drugs,” Ms Woods said.

“Some of the text messages are references to her putting customers in touch with her supplier, who was responsible for the drugs at her property.”

Bell had been addicted to Class A drugs for more than half of her life, since the age of 16.

There have been times when she has come off drugs, but others when she has relapsed, the court was told.

“She uses heroin as an emotional crutch in times of need, when things aren’t going well in her personal life,” said Ms Woods.

“She strongly regrets her behaviour which has put her back in custody.”