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'Benefits Street' residents in court on drugs charges

2014-02-14 21:09:50

Samora Roberts
Samora Roberts, better known as Black Dee from the television show Benefits Street, arrives at Birmingham Magistrates Court and (inset) White Dee (Deidre Kelly) arrives to offer support

Four residents of the road featured in the Benefits Street TV series have appeared in court accused of drug offences.

Samora Roberts, known on the show as Black Dee, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court alongside fellow Benefits Street contributor Charlene Wilson.

Ms Roberts, 32, is charged with charged with conspiracy to supply class A drug crack cocaine, conspiracy to supply a class B controlled drug and possession of Class A drug diamorphine.

Ms Wilson, 29, is charged with conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and cannabis and possession of heroin.

No pleas were entered and a date for a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court was set.

Five other people, four of them from James Turner Street, appeared at court on the same matter.

Tina Thomas, 46, is charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and possession of ammunition, and Ian Wright, 38, faces charges of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and cannabis.

Monique Walker, 28, and Marvin Scott, 37, are both charged with conspiracy to supply crack cocaine.

Omari George, 20, from Handsworth, has been charged with conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and cannabis.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "A series of raids took place in June last year and we have charged seven people with drug offences following the investigation.

"A number of concerns came through to the local police about drugs in the area."

Around 20 people were in the public gallery to watch the proceedings, including mother-of-two Deirdre Kelly, who is known as White Dee on the Channel 4 show.

District Judge David Robinson granted all seven defendants unconditional bail to reappear for a plea hearing at the city's Crown Court on June 5.

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