A low-life husband and wife, described by a judge as “partners in crime” after they flooded their neighbourhood with heroin have been jailed for more than six years.
Andrew Edwards, 26, and wife Tiffany, 30, ran a family drug business until their illegal empire was smashed in September last year.
When cops swooped on their home in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., officers discovered 17 wraps of heroin worth £167 and £1,600 in cash.
When officers raided a second property the couple owned, they seized a further 54 wraps of the class A drug hidden in Mrs Edwards’ bra and another 20 concealed in her husband’s pocket.
She was jailed for 45 months while her husband was caged for three years after they admitted supplying heroin between February 1 and March 2 last year at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
They also pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply on September 27 last year.
Sentencing the couple on Monday, Judge Paul Glenn told them: “You were partners in crime. This became a family drug-dealing business. You were operating as street-level dealers.”
Robert Smith, defending Mr Edwards, said he “regrets that his children will be deprived of both of their parents because of the prison sentences.”
He added: “He accepts he is the prime mover in the joint operation.”
After the hearing, Pc Scott Robson, of Staffordshire Police, said: “They were one above the basic street dealer.
“They supplied to drug dealers who were then supplying to users on the streets.”