Drug Dealer Found With Ammunition Sentenced To Prison Term
11th January 2016
Drug dealers from a Birmingham road which featured on TV show Benefits Street have been jailed for more than 16 years.
Officers discovered drugs and ammunition during co-ordinated raids on addresses in James Turner Street, Winson Green.
Four people including Samora Roberts - known as Black Dee - were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court today (Jan 11).
Roberts, aged 34, was jailed for seven years after being convicted of possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis; she was also sentenced for possessing ammunition after officers found more than a dozen 0.38 bullet cartridges hidden inside a pink, high-heeled shoe in a washing basket at her home.
Omari George, aged 22, now of Dora Road, Handsworth, was jailed for five years and four months for possession with intent to supply drugs after police discovered crack cocaine - with a street value of £5,730 - in his Ford Focus, while 39-year-old Marvin Scott was handed a four-year prison sentence for dealing cocaine.
And Tina Thomas, 48, was given a 16-month sentence, suspended for one year, and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community after being convicted of intent to supply cannabis.
Officers executed drug warrants at four addresses in James Turner Street in June 2013. They found bags of cannabis, heroin and crack cocaine - with a total value of around £9,000 - plus 0.38 bullet cartridges and £7,000 in cash.
Inspector Colin Barnes, from Birmingham West and Central local policing unit, said: "Drugs heap misery on communities and every bullet recovered is a potential life saved.
"It was an intelligence-led operation and these sentences send out a strong warning that such criminal behaviour will not be tolerated.
"This was a small minority of residents who thought they were above the law.
"We have worked alongside partner organisations to address concerns around crime and anti-social behaviour."
West Midlands Police has launched a major blitz on suspected drug dealers in Birmingham as part of the No Deal operation.
It was sparked by concerns from residents over drug dealing which was taking place on their streets.
Pictured from left to right: Samora Roberts, Omari George and Tina Thomas