Pair sentenced after dealing drugs from vulnerable person's home in Aylesbury
They were caught committing a drug deal in a house that belonged to someone they could take advantage of.
One man was jailed, while a woman was granted a suspended sentence for completing drug deals at a vulnerable person's home in Aylesbury.
Jojo Belongo, 21, of no fixed abode, was handed a jail sentence at Aylesbury Crown Court last Friday (July 9).
He pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, and possession of criminal property, and will spend three years in jail as a result.
Catherine Heath, 44, of Penn Road, Aylesbury, was sentenced at the same court on Tuesday (July 13) to 12 months’ suspended for two years and ordered to undergo a drugs rehabilitation course.
She pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, and possession of cannabis.
The incident occurred on Tuesday January 26, when officers witnessed Heath dealing drugs on Penn Road, Aylesbury.
She was spotted entering an address on Penn Road. When police followed her into the property they discovered Heath in the living room, they also found Belongo attempting to hide in a bedroom.
Both were arrested from the address which belonged to a vulnerable person. Belongo was in possession of £1,092 in cash and crack cocaine believed to be worth over £1,200.
Both Heath and Belongo were remanded to High Wycombe Magistrates Court where they both entered guilty pleas.
Investigating officer, PC Ben McNeill of the Aylesbury Stronghold team, said: “Belongo and Heath had seemingly set themselves up in a vulnerable persons home in order to deal drugs in what we would describe as “cuckooing”.
“This behaviour preys on people and has a detrimental effect on our communities.
“Drug dealing will not be tolerated within Aylesbury Vale and the Stronghold team will continue to pursue those who deal drugs and look to dismantle drugs lines and criminal groups involved in drug dealing.
“We will also look to safeguard vulnerable individuals who are targeted by drug dealers.”