April 21 2015 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Three generations of the same family have been accused of dealing cocaine from a one-bedroom flat in Bowthorpe.
Police who raided the home, in The Runnel, discovered cash, drug paraphernalia and at least an eighth of a kilo of a white substance, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.
Christine Carriage, 66, and her son Shane Carriage, 44, both deny supplying the class A drug, and Christine - owner of the flat - also denies allowing her home to be used for the supply of cocaine.
Luke Hall, who is the grandson of Christine Carriage, admitted supplying cocaine at an earlier hearing and is being dealt with separately.
Prosecutor Christopher Morgan told the 12-strong jury that Hall’s admission should have no bearing on their verdict in the trial of Christine and Shane Carriage.
Officers had executed a warrant on the flat last November and the three family members were detained, the court heard.
Hall was in the bedroom, Christine Carriage was in the vicinity and Shane Carriage was on a mattress in the lounge.
A search discovered an eighth of a kilo of compressed white powder in an outdoor shed, which forensics found to be cocaine of 8% purity, Mr Morgan said.
A further 47g of cocaine of the same purity was found in a number of small packages outside, and Mr Morgan questioned whether it was from the same source.
A set of scales and tubs in the kitchen had traces of cocaine on them and may have been used to cut drugs up, the jury heard.
There were also a number of clear polythene bags, which Mr Morgan said were associated with drug deals, found nearby.
Officers seized mobile phones from the flat, and messages from a Nokia found by the mattress in the lounge are being used in evidence.
“The messages spoke about the request for drugs,” said Mr Morgans. “As you might imagine, when in the drug world of supply, the drug is not referred to by its specific name so there are letters and code words.”
He explained one text that appeared to relate to a drug deal said “we’ll do them a 20 then they can split it”, and another referred to ‘W’ - which he took to mean ‘white’, which is a slang term for cocaine.
Hall had been sat at the end of the bed putting together a bundle of notes when police arrived, the court heard.
The total in the bundle was £1,270, with a further £410 found in a handbag in the bedroom and a total of £2,200 seized.
Mr Morgan suggested that the money was associated with the supply of drugs, and that if Christine Carriage was not involved directly then she was aware of the activity.
He described the nature of drug dealing as “cash rich”.
Mr Morgan said Shane Carriage made a comment to a police officer as he waited to be taken into custody, claiming that the drugs had nothing to do with his mother.
Christine Carriage gave a no comment interview.
The trial continues.