ENGLAND - A couple who agreed to mind £8million of deadly Class A drugs at their home to pay off a spiralling loan shark debt have been jailed for a combined total of 18 years.
Merseyside Police raided the home of Lee Newby and Susan Clark, both 40, in Huyton, in May and discovered huge quantities of ecstasy and cocaine. Sheryl Mottram, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that MDMA worth £4million and cocaine worth up to £4million were concealed in suitcases.
Newby, a former soldier, now of Walton, Liverpool, told officers he had fallen into debt with a loan shark and it had continued to grow due to massive interest charges. They said the suitcases were then passed over their fence by threatening men who said they would have to mind them in payment of the debt. Neither Newby or Clark, who was a dinner lady, had any previous convictions.
The court also heard they had two children, aged two and four, who have now had to be taken into care, reports the Liverpool Echo. They pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. Judge, Mr Recorder Jeremy Lasker, jailed Newby for 11 years and Clark seven years. Detective Inspector Andy Milligan, from Knowsley CID, said: "I welcome the sentencing today, which is as a result of a thorough investigation by detectives.
"Thankfully millions of pounds' worth of drugs have been taken off the streets and I would like to reassure the community that we will continue to target, identify and disrupt those involved in such crime and bring them before the courts.
"The sentencing today reflects just how serious we are in addressing this issue and I would urge anyone with information about drug crime to call police. Information provided to us by our communities can be integral to assisting our inquiries and can lead to us taking action against offenders."
The Mirror/September 15, 2014
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