Three jailed for drugs worth £500k hidden in cereal bags in Wolverhampton
Two men and a woman have been jailed for their part in a conspiracy to supply drugs with a street value of more than £500,000 concealed inside breakfast cereal bags.
Nathan Doyle and Cynthia Taylor both played a major role in the plot to supply mephedrone, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard. They were handed jail terms of five years and nine months and four years respectively.
David Morris, of Wolverhampton, played a lesser role being tasked with delivering two kilogrammes of the drug to an unknown person.
He was jailed for 12 months.
All three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class-B drug at previous hearings.
The court was told Taylor, 39, of Solihull, had been observed by police driving to Manchester on January 9 this year.
Later that same day she was seen pulling into a residential estate in Manchester where she stayed for around 10 minutes before leaving with a bag.
The court heard she was seen by officers speaking to Morris, 33, of Linton Road, Penn, in Wolverhampton, the following day.
Miss Sarah Buckingham, prosecuting, said at the hearing on Tuesday: "When he noticed they were being observed by police Morris dropped the carrier bag he had been holding.
"Two kilogrammes of Mephedrone was found in the bag when they were both arrested."
Miss Buckingham said the drug had been found in cereal bags.
She said a search had been carried out at property connected to Taylor where a further 25 kilogrammes of the drug had been found along with paraphernalia.
The court was told Doyle, 31, of Dunard Road, Solihull, had been linked to the pair after his number was contained on mobile phones belonging to Taylor.
The court was told he had 'orchestrated the supply via the phone'.
Miss Buckingham said the total value of the drug if sold in one gram deals amounted to £507,000.
Mr Harpreet Sandhu, representing Doyle, said: "While this was a conspiracy it was one which bore no fruit. None of the defendants benefited from it.
"My client has admitted his role in it and he is truly remorseful."
Mr Brett Wilson, defending Taylor, said: "At the time she was suffering from a mental illness which required treatment by medication.
"She is looking to turn her back on criminal behaviour. This was an isolated incident. She focused on the financial difficulties she suffered at the time."
Mr Ecky Tiwana, representing Morris, said: "My client is only involved in regards the two kilogrammes.
"He is a drug addict. He was told to take the bag from Taylor and take it to another person. He owed debts to a drug dealer."
Judge Nicholas Webb said: "All three of you were involved in this conspiracy at differing levels.
"Doyle played a leading role orchestrating the supply via his phone and Taylor also played a significant role.
Morris played a lesser role."
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