Two women who sold heroin and cocaine from a drugs den in a terraced home have been jailed.
Lynne Valentine, 56, of Ashby Street, Chorley, and Sandra Sharrock, 40, of Byron Crescent, Coppull, appeared side by side in the dock at Preston Crown Court. Both were reduced to tears as Judge Pamela Badley sentenced them to 28 months, and three years two months respectively.
She said: “It’s clear the house was being used as a drug den. There was heroin and cocaine found in various places. Mobile phones were seized and there was also drugs related paraphernalia. Each defendant was, in my view, significantly concerned with the supply of controlled drugs.”
Prosecuting, Simon Blakeborough described how officers had spotted Valentine and a man acting suspiciously in a alleyway on Pilling Lane on March 19 last year.
Believing it to be linked to drug dealing, the officers confronted them but they both ran away. Valentine was followed into her home on Ashby Street by the officers, who saw her scoop up £465 cash from the lounge carpet.
They found several wraps of white and brown powder in the kitchen that turned out to be heroin and cocaine.
Sharrock was also in the property. When police officers searched her, they found wraps on cocaine and heroin hidden in her bra. Both admitted two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, and Sharrock admitted acquiring criminal property.
Defending, Martin Pizzey said Sharrock had been acting for a third party, in return for drugs for her own use, and was under pressure from those above her.