Shaw woman jailed after drugs bust

A SHAW woman whose home was used as a drugs laboratory and where more than £300,000 of amphetamine was found has been jailed.

Lesley Roberts, 57, received £100 a week for allowing Saddleworth man Brian Norton to make and use drugs at her property on Brunswick Street.

At Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday, February 18 Norton, 53, of Delph Lane was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class B drugs and being concerned in the supply of class B drugs.

Roberts, 57, was sent to prison for 20 months after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of class B drugs.

The pair were brought down by Operation Arcadia – a surveillance-led investigation into the production and supply of controlled drugs in the Oldham area.

Norton was observed between October and November 2018. During this time he was seen entering Roberts’ property on multiple occasions.

Police raided the house and found a large quantity of amphetamine in a chest freezer, as well as a large amount of the drug on the kitchen worktop that Norton was in the process of cutting into smaller deals for onward.

There was also a large amount of drugs paraphernalia including snap bags and weighing scales. Both Norton and Roberts were arrested.

Roberts admitted she’d agreed Norton could use her address to cut up drugs and in return she he would pay her £100 per week.

Upon his arrest, Norton said he was ‘bang to rights’ and admitted the drugs found were all his. The drugs seized were valued at £330,000.

Detective Constable Michelle Lomax from Oldham Organised Crime Team said: “Norton used his friend to provide a safe house his drugs enterprise, and she in-turn knew exactly what was going on inside the property.

“For £100 a week she allowed her home to become a drugs lab, where a significant drug dealing enterprise was operating from.

“Thanks to the hard work of our officers, we have dismantled this operation and seized a large quantity of narcotics.

“The best weapon we have against drug dealers is the wider community, on whom we rely to help us catch and prosecute those who seek to profit from the sale of drugs.

“If you suspect drugs are being dealt in your neighbourhood, or a young person is being exploited, contact police on 101 immediately.”

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