Drug dealer ‘knickered’ by police

Saffron Harley ANL-150223-144207001
Saffron Harley ANL-150223-144207001

A 21-year-old woman caught in Newmarket with heroin and crack cocaine hidden in her knickers has been jailed.

Dealer Saffron Harley was arrested when police searched an address in the High Street in June last year.

Jailing her on Friday for 28 months, Recorder Martyn Levett said that by helping to distribute illegal drugs, she had been perpetuating “misery and crime” among users.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Friday that Harley had admitted to officers that she was in possession of drugs “down below” and produced a golf-ball sized package from inside her underwear containing 19 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, ready for street dealing, said Juliet Donovan, prosecuting.

A further 17 wraps of heroin were found during a search of the Newmarket address.

Harley, formerly of Chedburgh, admitted three offences of possession with intent to supply and two offences of money laundering.

Mitigating, Stephen Dyble said Harley had been used by a man in an abusive relationship after a difficult start in life having spent time in a care home. She was in Newmarket to deliver drugs on the orders of a dealer after she lost another consignment when she was arrested by undercover police officers in Bury St Edmunds in May 2013.

“She was under the influence of someone who was strong and dominant when she was, in effect, weak and helpless.

“She was almost like a puppet directed by someone else,” said Mr Dyble.