A middle-aged couple have been jailed after they acted as “a drugs version of Deliveroo” as part of a gang which flooded a Brit town with cocaine.
Stephen Jennings and Sarah Hunt, both from Chaddesden, Derbyshire, dropped off almost 2,000 deals worth an estimated £69,000 for kingpins Mohammed Vakas Hussain and Humza Bhatti — and all in just six months.
Derby Crown Court heard how the pair, both 49, would receive regular WhatsApp or text messages directives from their bosses.
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Derbyshire Live reported that they have been jailed for a combined total of eight years for their criminal activity.
Handing both Jennings and Hunt a four-year prison term, Judge Shaun Smith KC said: “You were partners in life and partners in crime, you were a drugs version of Deliveroo in terms of the delivery of cocaine, the pair of you were at the beck and call of those further up the chain.
"This was not on an ad-hoc basis and you received some reward for that but I accept this is not a case where you made thousands of pounds or had items of luxury but that does not mean you were not playing an important part in this conspiracy."
In February of this year, Hussain was jailed by the same judge for seven-and-a-half years after he admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.
His joint criminal boss, Humza Bhatti, was jailed for six years and nine months after pleading guilty to the same charge.
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Sarah Slater, prosecuting on both occasions, said the conspiracy was first discovered when a fifth gang member called Hamza Ali was arrested delivering drugs to a customer in November 2020.
Hunt was then arrested in a car in Derby, on May 13, 2021, with 47 wraps of cocaine, cash and mobile phones which were analysed.
"It is clear that they worked together, Jennings would drive, Hunt would be the passenger and would go out regularly to supply cocaine," the prosecutor said.
Jennings had been a carpet fitter and floor layer before his illicit adventure.
Paul Andrews, for Hunt, said the irony of his client getting involved in the conspiracy was that she had helped her son to get off drugs in the past.
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