‘Cog in the wheel’ drug dealer sentenced

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A Leek woman has been sentenced today (1st October) at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after she hid wraps of cocaine in her vest.

Collette Price, also known as Collette Ferns, 49, was given a two-year sentence, suspended for two years, for possessing and supplying cocaine and possession of criminal property.

Mr Peter McCartney, prosecuting, said Price’s home on Prince Charles Avenue, Leek, was searched by Police on the 8th December last year with a warrant, following intelligence gathering.

After examination, 23 wraps of cocaine, worth a street value of around £800, £925 in cash and electronic measuring scales were found in the residence.

Police also found drug-related messages on Price’s mobile phone, including one to a debtor where Price had written, ‘You’re lucky I didn’t hit you.’

Mr Jason Holt, defending, said Price “was selling cocaine to pay off a debt for her son, Gareth Ferns.

“She has stood by her son and always been there for him. She faced real threats and had windows put through.”

Sentencing her Judge David Fletcher, said: “This is classic street-dealing.

“[Price] was a very important cog in the wheel of supply, dealing misery to people daily.”

Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, of Staffordshire Moorlands Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We’re glad that Collette Price has now been sentenced.

“The message is clear: Whoever you are, if you deal drugs we will bring you before the courts.”

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