House madam warned she is facing jail for supplying cocaine to lap dance club customers (From The Northern Echo)
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House madam warned to expect prison sentence for supplying cocaine to customers at Consett lap dance club
A LAP dancing club manageress who helped to supply customers with cocaine, was today (Tuesday August 21) warned she is facing a potential prison sentence.
Cheryl “Dolce” Byron, house madam at Red Velvet, in Consett, County Durham, supplied undercover police officers with bags of cocaine at £45 or £50 each during visits to the premises, above a Front Street fish and chip shop, which have since closed.
Durham Crown Court heard that two dancers also helped to “sort” the officers, ‘Warren’ and ‘Paul’ with bags of the class A drug.
Shaun Dryden, prosecuting, said the four-month undercover operation culminated in the premises being raided by police on December 14 last year, after two bags of cocaine were supplied to the officers, and a further nine were found in Byron’s handbag.
Police then recovered 326mg of amphetamines from her home in Lemington, Newcastle.
It resulted in the designated door supervisor and two dancers receiving cautions, but Byron, 45, of Aln Court, was charged with supplying and possessing cocaine with intent to supply, plus possession of the class B drug amphetamine.
But her admissions were made on the basis she did not supply anyone other than the two undercover officers, and that was only because she “took a shine” to ‘Warren’.
The prosecution would not accept that basis and a trial of issue was staged at the court today.
Byron admitted she was a cocaine addict and took the drug with drink every night at work, but would not supply it to the dancers or to other customers.
She claimed she only supplied ‘Warren’ as she took a fancy to him, and it was not for profit.
But Recorder Amanda Rippon ruled that Byron was supplying cocaine beyond the two undercover officers.
“Plainly, she was a supplier to people in general and not just to the undercover officers.
“She was also giving the drugs to the dancers.
Recorder Rippon said there was “a commercial enterprise”, albeit with, “a lack of sophistication.”
“It appears to have been a relatively small-scale operation, but a commercial one, at that.”
She adjourned sentence on Byron, a mother-of-two, pending preparation of a background report by the Probation Service.
Recorder Rippon told Byron: “I haven’t made my mind up on sentence, but the most likely outcome will be custody. I’m making no promises, however.”
She bailed Byron to return for sentence on Friday (August 23).
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