A grandmother at the heart of a family drug supply network has been locked up for more than five years.

Amada Sharp was arrested three times in just a matter of weeks while in possession of a quantity of cocaine and amphetamine as well as other paraphernalia associated with the illicit drug trade.

The 54-year-old, who has a long history of drug offences on her record, was allegedly involved with supplying the Class A and B drugs with her son and grandson, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Ian West, prosecuting, said the defendant was initially arrested in her Middlesbrough home after a stash of amphetamine and a quantity of cash were recovered from the property but she maintained that was just for her own use.

He said two officers spotted Sharp getting into a taxi on March 6 and became suspicious of her behaviour and pulled the vehicle over on Acklam Road, Middlesbrough.

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“She was in possession of a carrier bag containing a quantity of cash; a notebook with names and numbers in it; a large rock of cocaine; 18 individual deals of cocaine; a phone; electronic scales; and snap bags,” he added.

“She told police, she was on her way to deliver it to her son, who is being dealt with in a separate set of offences.”

The court heard that police raided Sharp’s home on Essex Road, Middlesbrough, on April 14 and recovered a stash of cocaine and amphetamine hidden in the pockets of her grandson’s dressing gown.

Mr West said: “It appears that Amanda Sharp is at the centre of a little family drug dealing business, which includes her son and grandson, and possibly others.”

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He added that the defendant had served previous custodial sentences for drug offences in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013. Sharp was also convicted of taking drugs into a prison in 2018.

Sharp pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and amphetamine, and a charge of simple possession of a Class B drug.

Emma Williams, in mitigation, said her client was an amphetamine user herself and faced losing her home as a result of her latest conviction but maintains that she was under pressure to sell the drugs.

She added: “She is aware and understands that she is facing a custodial sentence, she accepts that she has an unenviable record.”

Recorder Peter Makepeace KC sentenced Sharp to a total of five years and three months for all charges telling her she was the ‘gift who kept giving’ to police for her repeated offending.

“It is a truly appalling record of previous convictions for drug supply, it has obviously been your business for a significant part of your life,” he said.

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