Man jailed for running crack cocaine business - Bedford

06/02/2015

A drug dealer, who involved two women and a 16-year-old youth in his crack cocaine business in Bedford, has today, Friday, 06 February 2015, been jailed for five years.

Pela White was caught through police surveillance which involved bugging his car. He was bringing cocaine and heroin from London to Bedford and then 'washing' the cocaine and converting it into crack at a woman friend's home. White also took orders for the crack and heroin and arranged for the teenager to deliver them at pre arranged meeting spots around Bedford town centre.

White, aged 36, of Belverdere Way, Harrow was jailed for five years at Luton Crown Court on Friday.

He and the teenager, now aged 17 and from Bedford, pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply drugs. The youth, who cannot be identified by order of the court, also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm, that was loaded with live ammunition, which was found after his arrest. He was sentenced to three years youth custody.

Elisha Joseph, aged 25, of Saunton Close, Bedford pleaded guilty to allowing her premises to be used for the supply of drugs. She was given a 16 month prison sentence suspended for two years with supervision and 200 hours unpaid work.

Beulah Willis, aged 26, of Princess Street, Bedford pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs. She took phone messages for White about drug deals on a few occasions, said the prosecution. She was given a 10 month prison sentence suspended for two years with 150 hours unpaid work.

Dominic Lewis, prosecuting, said White was under police surveillance between 30 April and 30 July last year. For a week in June his conversations in his car were recorded covertly and were incriminating. They were all arrested on 30 July, and the gun was found at the house in Shortstown. It was said that the teenager was storing it for someone.

Judge Tom Corrie said White had used his influence, particularly on the two females, to become involved.

White's barrister, Lauren Soertz, said he got involved when he had a car accident and owed the victim, who was involved in drugs, £6,000 for the damage. He was working for him to pay off the debt. She said he thought the teenager was 19.

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