Lengthy sentences for heroin dealers
TWO dealers who sold large amounts of heroin from their base in the Skegness area have been given long jail sentences.
James Kitchen and Mary Wilson operated for months initially from a property in Wainfleet and later from Skegness.
Kitchen, 32, of Sandbeck Avenue, Skegness; and Wilson, 34, formerly of Skegness but now of Beaumont Leys, Leicester; each admitted two charges of supplying drugs in August 2012 and November 2012.
Kitchen also admitted two charges of burglary in June this year. He was jailed for six years.
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Wilson also admitted possession of criminal property after £1,600 which she confessed was income from drug dealing was found in a further raid on her home in February this year. She was jailed for five and a half years.
Judge Sean Morris told them "There is no alternative to custody. I hope sincerely that the prison service is able to get you off drugs."
Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting, said the pair were first arrested following a search of their home at Field View Terrace, St Michael Terrace, Wainfleet, on August 1, 2012.
A total of 17.1g of heroin was found in the house along with £1,700 cash. Text messages relating to drug dealing were found on a mobile phone discovered in the property.
The pair were bailed but a further 17.3g of heroin was found in November 2012 when a second raid was carried out an address in Skegness.
Mr Cranmer-Brown said: "The defendants were in bed when the police arrived. 124 wraps were found that would sell at £10 a time."
Christopher Geeson, for Kitchen, said his life had been plagued by drugs but since being remanded in custody he has undergone a detoxification programme.
He said Kitchen hoped to use his prison sentence to put his life in order.
David Eager, for Wilson, said she had moved from Skegness to get away from bad influences.
"She has done everything possible to put the life she was living behind her. She has made remarkable progress since leaving Skegness and moving away from those influences."