Two women jailed for running drugs ‘factory’ in South Yorkshire

Sarah Cooper
Sarah Cooper
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Two women who helped run a South Yorkshire drugs ‘factory’ have each been jailed for four years.

When police raided their rented home on Station Road, Catcliffe, they found one kilogramme of heroin, mixing agents and drug paraphernalia.

Janet Small

Janet Small

The heroin could have been worth up to £107,000 on the streets.

Sarah Cooper, aged 36, and mother-of-two Janet Small, 44, both admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply.

Officers executed a search warrant on March 26 last year at the house which was rented by Small.

A search uncovered ‘substantial’ amounts of heroin and mixing agents, said Clare Walsh, prosecuting.

Wraps of heroin had been professionally packaged and there was a press, scales, jars and mixing equipment along with various mobile phones.

Drug squad experts said the heroin could have been worth from £37,500 to £107,000 depending how it was sold. “It could have been worth even more if it was cut to the lowest purity level,” said Miss Walsh.

“They had a significant role performing an operation within a chain.”

Hannah Walker, for Cooper, said the mastermind of the drug operation had never been caught.

Cooper was offered a place to stay by Small and had not made any money out of the drug operation.

Dermot Hughes, for Small, said the sentencing had been hanging over her for more than a year and she had turned her back on the drugs world.

The judge Recorder Duncan Smith told the women: “I have heard two tragic accounts of the declining fortunes of two otherwise respectable women by circumstances outside their control.”

But he added: “My public duty is to send a message out loud and clear that those who trade in heroin will go to prison regardless of the circumstances.”