Rebecca Eley let home be used as store in £1m heroin plot, court told (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford woman, 27, allowed Canterbury home to be drug store
A Bradford woman allowed her home to be used as a “safe house” for a million pound drugs conspiracy, a Court heard.
Rebecca Eley, 27, is accused of allowing her home on Bradford’s Canterbury estate to be used as safe storage for drug dealers between December 20 and 24, 2009.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday a deal to supply a kilogram of heroin from a Bradford drugs gang to another in Manchester was witnessed by police, which resulted in the arrest of one of the conspirators.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford said Eley’s former boyfriend’s house, in New Cross Street, was also being used to store large quantities of heroin and cocaine.
After the arrest, on December 21, 2009, the prosecutor said, a decision was made to move some of the drugs from Eley’s former boyfriend’s house to her home in Melba Road, Canterbury, Bradford.
After the drugs had been moved, the jury was told, a series of text messages was exchanged between Eley and Mohammed Shaukat, 30, of Whites Terrace, Manningham, who Mr Sandiford described as the “main man” in the conspiracy.
Shaukat, Mr Sandiford said, was contacting Eley because he wanted access to the drugs.
He has already pleaded guilty to his part in the conspiracy, the jury was told.
A police raid on Eley’s former boyfriend’s house uncovered heroin worth £632,500 and cocaine valued at £12,680, the court was told.
Divided between three black bin bags in the loft at Eley’s house police found 662g of cocaine and 6.82kg of heroin, with a total street value of £420,440.
In a wheelie bin in the back garden of her house were found wrappings bearing traces of cocaine.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford said Eley was not a drug dealer “in her own right” but had “allowed drug dealers to use her home as a safe house”.
He added: “The prosecution says drugs in those quantities, if they are going to be stored or stashed, are stashed with people the dealer can trust not to use the drugs, not to get rid of it or give it to the police.”
The jury will hear, Mr Sandiford said, Eley knew Shaukat and other of the conspirators, but did not know the drugs were being kept in her house.
The trial continues.
- Read the full story in Wednesday's T&A