A COUPLE with four children who stored drugs for £100 a month to pay their food bills were both jailed for two years.
Kelly Boyes, 25, and Michael Inman, 27, were caught with nearly £30,000 worth of amphetamines and cannabis resin in their Stockton home.
The drugs were heat-sealed and stored in their freezer and in a rucksack, said prosecutor Jolyon Perks.
The balls of amphetamines were worth £15,240 and the 13 nine-ounce bars of cannabis resin were worth £13,930.
Boyes said she was scared of the dealer who was paying them £100 a month, which they spent on groceries for the family, Teesside Crown Court was told.
Inman’s phone had several text messages asking him to bring the “ice cream”, a reference to the ice cream cartons in which the amphetamines were stored.
Mr Perks added: “Kelly Boyes confirmed to the police that she had discussed the issue of warehousing with her partner before the enterprise started.
“The couple also admitted growing six cannabis plants for their own use.”
Sean Grainger, defending Boyes, said she started using cannabis after she had a miscarriage and it brought her into contact with people in the drugs world.
He added: “A prison sentence is going to have a terrible effect on the children.”
Robert Mochrie, defending Inman, said: “He is desperate that she be allowed her liberty so that the children can be looked after properly.”
The Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Peter Fox QC told the couple: “It is said that you were only warehousing, but that is a key component part in the process of bringing the stuff onto the streets.”
The couple of Rothbury Avenue, Roseworth in Stockton, were both jailed for two years after they pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply amphetamines and cannabis resin and possession of cannabis on August 11 last year.