Nan-of-six drug dealer ‘flooded’ home town streets with crack cocaine and heroin

A drug-addled gran of six who helped flood the streets of a Midlands town with heroin and crack cocaine has been put behind bars.

Heather Bailey’s sad descent into the "ravages" of drug addiction was laid bare in court on Friday after she was caught playing a key role in the distribution of the illegal substances in Burton.

Bailey, of Wyggeston Street, Burton, was one of four people who were part of the “Marley Line”, which helped move the class A drugs into Burton and Derby. She had 110 previous convictions, reports Staffordshire Live.

Derby Crown Court heard that her children had now stopped talking to her.

Bailey appeared alongside Omar Malik, Akaash Hasham, Akeel Saleem, all of Derby, after their phones were linked.

A court heard their cars were stopped by police earlier this year, and wraps of the drugs, phones and cash were found on all of them.

Bailey admitted possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of a knife.

The 58-year-old's long history of drug addiction started when she was introduced to heroin by an ex-partner aged just 17.

The court was shown a photo taken before her relapse which "encapsulates the way drugs can ravage someone in the throes of addiction", her solicitor Carl Temple-Vasey told the court.

Sarah Allen, prosecuting, said police stopped Bailey's car at 1.30pm on April 27.

She said packages containing both types of drug were in a sock she was wearing and a search of her home found more drugs. Police also found two phones, cash and scales.

Miss Allen said, if sold in small quantities, what was recovered could have made almost £4,000 on the street.

The court heard Bailey was dealing to about 10 people.

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In mitigation, Mr Temple-Vasey said: "This is a sad story of an addiction to class A drugs. She had a difficult upbringing and her mother died when she was three years old.

"She fell into bad company. She was introduced to heroin at 17 years old and her previous convictions consist with someone who has been an addict for many years.

"In 2009 she got herself clean and turned her life around. She got a job and became a manager at a warehouse, but sadly the impact of covid led to her losing her job and her home and moving back into an area where she started to mix with company she had moved away from.

"Things became very desperate and she fell back into using drugs. Her children are not speaking to her and she has six grandchildren."

After being linked by phone messages, cops stopped a car driven by Hasham on May 17. Inside were Malik and Saleem.

Malik, 30, of Gayton Avenue, Littleover, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine. He was sentenced to three years.

Hasham, 30, of Dexter Street, Derby, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Saleem, 21, of Molineux Street, Normanton, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

Handing Bailey a two-year jail sentence, Recorder Justin Wigoder said: "This is a sad story and this can be seen by her distress in court. She is a longstanding heroin addict and her previous convictions confirm that.

“The ‘before’ photograph demonstrates with great clarity the effects of drugs.”

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