Visiting a second hand shop in Luton called ‘This and That’ proved costly for a woman, hereafter referred to as the defendant, who lived in the town.
For what the 34 year old didn’t know, as she walked through the doors of the shop in High Town Road, was that it was all an elaborate police sting.
The shop, which was staffed by undercover officers, had been set up by Bedfordshire Police to identify people in the town who were dealing in stolen goods.
In the weeks between December 2012 and February 2013 the defendant brought along passports, ID cards driving licences and bank cards, which she sold.
But she also let it be known to the female undercover officer working there that she could supply cocaine.
The court heard that it was then that Beds Police brought in another woman undercover officer known only as “Faye,” who met the defendant and was eventually able to buy wraps of Class A drugs from an address in Cromwell Road, Luton.
Today (Mon Feb 24) Stuart Sprawson, who appeared on behalf of the defendant, said she had been leading a “dysfunctional lifestyle” and had been associating with others with criminal connections.
He went on “She got involved in the criminal twilight world in Luton and that’s how she became aware of This and That.
The court heard how, in the past, she had had problems with alcohol and suffered from diabetes.
The defendant appeared for sentence today having been found guilty last month (January) of conspiring to supply a class A drug.
She also appeared for sentence having previously pleaded guilty to possessing identity documents with improper intention, making or supplying articles for use in fraud and converting criminal property.
The court heard between December 2012 and February 2013 she had gone along to the shops with passports, ID cards driving licences and bank cards which she sold.
She was jailed for 18 months.
A 41 year old man who appeared alongside her, having also been convicted of conspiring to supply Class a drugs to the undercover officer, was jailed for two years and three months.