Mum in debt stashed cocaine for dealers

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A MUM agreed to stash half a kilo of cocaine in her house for drug dealers after falling into debt.

Melanie Oakes, 37, admitted at Basildon Crown Court possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

The court heard she was paid £200 a week to stash the drug in her understairs cupboard after losing her job and getting behind with bills.

She received a two-year prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. Oakes has now been moved out of Basildon for her own safety.

The court heard officers raided her home in Vange on September 25.

When they arrived, Oakes said: “I have done something very stupid”, and showed them to the cupboard with a safe inside that contained 634.67grams of cocaine.

The drug, which was about 25 per cent purity, had been divided into 23 bags, ready for dealers to pick up and sell.

Oakes was arrested and taken to a police station where she told officers she was paid £200 a week to keep the drug in her house.

Someone would drop off a drug batch and put it in the safe.

Then a dealer would come to the property every day and pick up packets of the drug to sell on the streets.

The court heard Oakes never had a key for the safe.

She told officers in interview that the worry of being caught was “making her ill”, her moral pride had been damaged and she did not want to do it any more.

The dealer who gave her the cocaine was jailed for 40 months, at a previous hearing.

Judge Ian Graham said cases involving class A drugs were “the highest category because they are the most dangerous drugs.

“When police carried out the raid you offered to immediately co-operate and are therefore entitled to maximum credit.”

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7:25am Mon 30 Jun 14

abd123 says...

I don't think you should get maximum credit if you only admit it when Police are in your house and just about to find the drugs. In effect she received no punishment (apart from her moral pride being damaged - allegedly) which sends the wrong message to anybody else thinking of doing this. The judge's remarks about it being the highest category case are worthless in this case.
I don't think you should get maximum credit if you only admit it when Police are in your house and just about to find the drugs. In effect she received no punishment (apart from her moral pride being damaged - allegedly) which sends the wrong message to anybody else thinking of doing this. The judge's remarks about it being the highest category case are worthless in this case. abd123
  • Score: 2

7:54am Mon 30 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

"Mum in debt stashed cocaine for dealers"

This seem to be a very effective an popular excuse nowadays.

I don't believe for a second that if she was a he they sentence would have been suspended.

Most of this product would have undoubtedly been concentrated and sold as crack. This is a serious offence, and a crime with destroys lives and communities.

Yet again we have an innocent where the criminal has somehow become the victim "I was in debt" "The evil drug dealers made me" "I lost my job, it was camerons fault".

The other person at wrong is the judge and its about time they were elected.
"Mum in debt stashed cocaine for dealers" This seem to be a very effective an popular excuse nowadays. I don't believe for a second that if she was a he they sentence would have been suspended. Most of this product would have undoubtedly been concentrated and sold as crack. This is a serious offence, and a crime with destroys lives and communities. Yet again we have an innocent where the criminal has somehow become the victim "I was in debt" "The evil drug dealers made me" "I lost my job, it was camerons fault". The other person at wrong is the judge and its about time they were elected. supermadmax
  • Score: -2

8:02am Mon 30 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court.

I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make.

Elect them.
Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court. I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make. Elect them. supermadmax
  • Score: -5

8:09am Mon 30 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

25% purity ? that dealer should get a visit from matt allwright, BBC 'rogue traders'..........
25% purity ? that dealer should get a visit from matt allwright, BBC 'rogue traders'.......... pembury53
  • Score: 22

9:18am Mon 30 Jun 14

DAGASMAN says...

supermadmax wrote:
"Mum in debt stashed cocaine for dealers"

This seem to be a very effective an popular excuse nowadays.

I don't believe for a second that if she was a he they sentence would have been suspended.

Most of this product would have undoubtedly been concentrated and sold as crack. This is a serious offence, and a crime with destroys lives and communities.

Yet again we have an innocent where the criminal has somehow become the victim "I was in debt" "The evil drug dealers made me" "I lost my job, it was camerons fault".

The other person at wrong is the judge and its about time they were elected.
What? Thats not how drugs work, if it was going to be concentrated and sold as crack, why would they have diluted it down to 25% and kept it in 23 deals? It gets imported as a almost pure block and broken up and sold to dealers who dilute it and sell it on. The better the dealer the less they dilute it, no dealer would buy it already diluted, you wouldnt know what you were getting
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: "Mum in debt stashed cocaine for dealers" This seem to be a very effective an popular excuse nowadays. I don't believe for a second that if she was a he they sentence would have been suspended. Most of this product would have undoubtedly been concentrated and sold as crack. This is a serious offence, and a crime with destroys lives and communities. Yet again we have an innocent where the criminal has somehow become the victim "I was in debt" "The evil drug dealers made me" "I lost my job, it was camerons fault". The other person at wrong is the judge and its about time they were elected.[/p][/quote]What? Thats not how drugs work, if it was going to be concentrated and sold as crack, why would they have diluted it down to 25% and kept it in 23 deals? It gets imported as a almost pure block and broken up and sold to dealers who dilute it and sell it on. The better the dealer the less they dilute it, no dealer would buy it already diluted, you wouldnt know what you were getting DAGASMAN
  • Score: 4

9:41am Mon 30 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Half a kilo. Not to be sniffed at...
Half a kilo. Not to be sniffed at... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

9:56am Mon 30 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

DAGASMAN wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
"Mum in debt stashed cocaine for dealers"

This seem to be a very effective an popular excuse nowadays.

I don't believe for a second that if she was a he they sentence would have been suspended.

Most of this product would have undoubtedly been concentrated and sold as crack. This is a serious offence, and a crime with destroys lives and communities.

Yet again we have an innocent where the criminal has somehow become the victim "I was in debt" "The evil drug dealers made me" "I lost my job, it was camerons fault".

The other person at wrong is the judge and its about time they were elected.
What? Thats not how drugs work, if it was going to be concentrated and sold as crack, why would they have diluted it down to 25% and kept it in 23 deals? It gets imported as a almost pure block and broken up and sold to dealers who dilute it and sell it on. The better the dealer the less they dilute it, no dealer would buy it already diluted, you wouldnt know what you were getting
Fair enough, but that's not really the point.

If it was a bloke she would not have got off. She was profiting from the supply and distribution of class A drugs. Regardless of if people are pro or anti recreational drugs, if someone is caught like this they should be 'dealt' with. This is almost like a green light to anyone who wants to make another grand or so a month.
[quote][p][bold]DAGASMAN[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: "Mum in debt stashed cocaine for dealers" This seem to be a very effective an popular excuse nowadays. I don't believe for a second that if she was a he they sentence would have been suspended. Most of this product would have undoubtedly been concentrated and sold as crack. This is a serious offence, and a crime with destroys lives and communities. Yet again we have an innocent where the criminal has somehow become the victim "I was in debt" "The evil drug dealers made me" "I lost my job, it was camerons fault". The other person at wrong is the judge and its about time they were elected.[/p][/quote]What? Thats not how drugs work, if it was going to be concentrated and sold as crack, why would they have diluted it down to 25% and kept it in 23 deals? It gets imported as a almost pure block and broken up and sold to dealers who dilute it and sell it on. The better the dealer the less they dilute it, no dealer would buy it already diluted, you wouldnt know what you were getting[/p][/quote]Fair enough, but that's not really the point. If it was a bloke she would not have got off. She was profiting from the supply and distribution of class A drugs. Regardless of if people are pro or anti recreational drugs, if someone is caught like this they should be 'dealt' with. This is almost like a green light to anyone who wants to make another grand or so a month. supermadmax
  • Score: 4

10:01am Mon 30 Jun 14

MilesBond says...

supermadmax wrote:
Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court.

I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make.

Elect them.
I think it was more to do with the Taser he used on an innocent woman in her own home!
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court. I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make. Elect them.[/p][/quote]I think it was more to do with the Taser he used on an innocent woman in her own home! MilesBond
  • Score: 4

10:07am Mon 30 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

MilesBond wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court.

I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make.

Elect them.
I think it was more to do with the Taser he used on an innocent woman in her own home!
I don't think so.

It you cut though all the dramatics, they didn't really hurt her. When compared to other sentences, even for violent crime, I'd suggest the hefty sentence was mainly down to him denting the judges ego.
[quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court. I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make. Elect them.[/p][/quote]I think it was more to do with the Taser he used on an innocent woman in her own home![/p][/quote]I don't think so. It you cut though all the dramatics, they didn't really hurt her. When compared to other sentences, even for violent crime, I'd suggest the hefty sentence was mainly down to him denting the judges ego. supermadmax
  • Score: -6

1:03pm Mon 30 Jun 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

supermadmax wrote:
MilesBond wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court.

I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make.

Elect them.
I think it was more to do with the Taser he used on an innocent woman in her own home!
I don't think so.

It you cut though all the dramatics, they didn't really hurt her. When compared to other sentences, even for violent crime, I'd suggest the hefty sentence was mainly down to him denting the judges ego.
They fractured her eye socket! He told the judge to eff off after he'd been sentenced, on what planet does somebody get 13 years for swearing at a judge? Sentences are given on guidlines and severity, a judge cant just give somebody whatever sentence they like, they have maximum & minimum sentences they can impose
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court. I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make. Elect them.[/p][/quote]I think it was more to do with the Taser he used on an innocent woman in her own home![/p][/quote]I don't think so. It you cut though all the dramatics, they didn't really hurt her. When compared to other sentences, even for violent crime, I'd suggest the hefty sentence was mainly down to him denting the judges ego.[/p][/quote]They fractured her eye socket! He told the judge to eff off after he'd been sentenced, on what planet does somebody get 13 years for swearing at a judge? Sentences are given on guidlines and severity, a judge cant just give somebody whatever sentence they like, they have maximum & minimum sentences they can impose LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: 5

1:34pm Mon 30 Jun 14

John Right says...

Why bother moving her out of her house to another, just move her to Holloway Prison for 5 years..
Why bother moving her out of her house to another, just move her to Holloway Prison for 5 years.. John Right
  • Score: 5

2:34pm Mon 30 Jun 14

supermadmax says...

LinfordsLunchbox wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
MilesBond wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court.

I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make.

Elect them.
I think it was more to do with the Taser he used on an innocent woman in her own home!
I don't think so.

It you cut though all the dramatics, they didn't really hurt her. When compared to other sentences, even for violent crime, I'd suggest the hefty sentence was mainly down to him denting the judges ego.
They fractured her eye socket! He told the judge to eff off after he'd been sentenced, on what planet does somebody get 13 years for swearing at a judge? Sentences are given on guidlines and severity, a judge cant just give somebody whatever sentence they like, they have maximum & minimum sentences they can impose
Yes, but the ranges are open to interpretation and ultimately the judge has a lot of flexibility otherwise there would be set sentences.

The whole system needs looking @.
[quote][p][bold]LinfordsLunchbox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court. I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make. Elect them.[/p][/quote]I think it was more to do with the Taser he used on an innocent woman in her own home![/p][/quote]I don't think so. It you cut though all the dramatics, they didn't really hurt her. When compared to other sentences, even for violent crime, I'd suggest the hefty sentence was mainly down to him denting the judges ego.[/p][/quote]They fractured her eye socket! He told the judge to eff off after he'd been sentenced, on what planet does somebody get 13 years for swearing at a judge? Sentences are given on guidlines and severity, a judge cant just give somebody whatever sentence they like, they have maximum & minimum sentences they can impose[/p][/quote]Yes, but the ranges are open to interpretation and ultimately the judge has a lot of flexibility otherwise there would be set sentences. The whole system needs looking @. supermadmax
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Duckin666 says...

supermadmax wrote:
MilesBond wrote:
supermadmax wrote:
Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court.

I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make.

Elect them.
I think it was more to do with the Taser he used on an innocent woman in her own home!
I don't think so.

It you cut though all the dramatics, they didn't really hurt her. When compared to other sentences, even for violent crime, I'd suggest the hefty sentence was mainly down to him denting the judges ego.
Shame someone dont "dent" you a bit...
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MilesBond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Last week that Polish kid got 13 years for swearing at a judge at the same crown court. I say 'swearing at the judge' because there is no way he would have got 13 years for burglary otherwise. These people are megalomaniacs and there is no consistency to what judgements they make. Elect them.[/p][/quote]I think it was more to do with the Taser he used on an innocent woman in her own home![/p][/quote]I don't think so. It you cut though all the dramatics, they didn't really hurt her. When compared to other sentences, even for violent crime, I'd suggest the hefty sentence was mainly down to him denting the judges ego.[/p][/quote]Shame someone dont "dent" you a bit... Duckin666
  • Score: 12

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