Monday, 18 February 2013
UK Illegal Immigrant Mother-Of-Two Jailed After Dealing Crack Cocaine So She Could Send Her Children To Private School In Jamaica
An illegal immigrant became a drug dealer to fund her children's private education and send £23,000 back to her home country Jamaica, a court heard.
Sophia Bailey, 40, of Gloucester, should not even have been in the UK when she began dealing in crack cocaine and heroin.
When police raided her home they discovered 75 grams of crack cocaine, some of it hidden in a Cadbury's hot chocolate tin in the kitchen, along with 38.6 grams of heroin.
At Gloucester Crown Court the mother of two pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply in January. She also admitted possessing crack cocaine on the same date.
She further pleaded guilty to removing the proceeds of crime, £7,920, from the UK by transferring it to Jamaica between 1 January 2011 and January 10, 2013.
And she admitted possession of £1,500 which she knew represented the proceeds of crime.
On Friday Judge William Hart jailed her for 40 months and he said he 'fondly hoped' she would be deported on release.
'You are a Jamaican national and of previous good character,' said the judge, 'Quite why you chose at the age of 38 and with no previous convictions to get involved in this only you can know.
'I am quite satisfied you approached someone of similar national origin to yourself and you asked to go into business as a 'sub dealer' for him.