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Dealer jailed for drugs in her knickers

PUBLISHED: 16:37 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 August 2010

TWO previous convictions for her involvement with drugs didn t deter 32-year-old Natasha Ennis from carrying on in the trade. A judge told her at Croydon Crown Court last Friday that it was clear she had been making a living out of trafficking, and he ja

TWO previous convictions for her involvement with drugs didn't deter 32-year-old Natasha Ennis from carrying on in the trade.

A judge told her at Croydon Crown Court last Friday that it was clear she had been making a living out of trafficking, and he jailed her for seven years.

Sent down for 16 months was her lesbian accomplice, Lorna Barnes, 41, of of Green Lane, Penge. Both pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine and heroin.

Prosecuting, Shekinah Anson said police were on their drug-tracing Operation Prada in the Penge area in January, and deals were done with Ennis and under-cover officers posing as customers.

She was stopped in a car in Maple Road, Penge and police found two bundles of wrapped drugs in her underwear. In her socks they discovered £200 in cash.

The drugs turned out to be heroin and cocaine with a street value of around £550.

It appeared that Barnes had been using her car to ferry Ennis around.

Ennis, of Elmers End, Beckenham, has served prison sentences for one case of drug smuggling and one of dealing.

Defending, Brereton Horne said Ennis, when in Jamaica in her early days, had been ostracised by her grandmother because of her sexuality and she came to the UK.

Judge Simon Pratt told her: "The indictment shows you dealing in Class A drugs no fewer than six times. It is quite clear you were making your living in drugs.

"You were a regular and commercial street dealer."

John Horne, defending Barnes, said she had had a lesbian relationship with Ennis, but this broke up. She never had any financial reward for her part in the dealing.

Judge Pratt told Barnes: "Those who help dealers get sentences of imprisonment because they help the onward distribution of hard drugs into the community

"Whether you did it out of love for her or not, it makes no difference.


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