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Illegal immigrant mother-of-two jailed after dealing crack cocaine so she could send her children to private school in Jamaica
Sophia Bailey had turned to dealing to support her family in Jamaica
Bailey, who had absconded from the UKBA in 2008, jailed for 40 months
Police found heroin and crack cocaine, which were worth up to £8,000
PUBLISHED: 07:09 EST, 18 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:33 EST, 18 February 2013
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Sophia Bailey was caught with drugs in her kitchen and has been jailed for 40 months
An illegal immigrant became a drug dealer to fund her children’s private education and send £23,000 back to her home country Jamaica, a court heard.
Sophia Bailey, 40, of Gloucester, should not even have been in the UK when she began dealing in crack cocaine and heroin.
When police raided her home they discovered 75 grams of crack cocaine, some of it hidden in a Cadbury’s hot chocolate tin in the kitchen, along with 38.6 grams of heroin.
At Gloucester Crown Court the mother of two pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply in January. She also admitted possessing crack cocaine on the same date.
She further pleaded guilty to removing the proceeds of crime, £7,920, from the UK by transferring it to Jamaica between 1 January 2011 and January 10, 2013.
And she admitted possession of £1,500 which she knew represented the proceeds of crime.
On Friday Judge William Hart jailed her for 40 months and he said he ‘fondly hoped’ she would be deported on release.
‘You are a Jamaican national and of previous good character,’ said the judge, ‘Quite why you chose at the age of 38 and with no previous convictions to get involved in this only you can know.
‘I am quite satisfied you approached someone of similar national origin to yourself and you asked to go into business as a ‘sub dealer’ for him.

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‘You had in your possession a significant amount of drugs of high purity together with cutting agents.’
Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy said police raided Bailey’s home on January 10 and found the drugs, which had a purity rate of more than 70 per cent and were worth between £6,000 and £8,000.
Electronic scales, clingfilm and latex gloves were among the drug dealer’s equipment also found.

Gloucester Crown Court heard that the had absconded from UKBA control in 2008
Ms Hennessy said: ‘They also found a Jamaican national certificate of deposit and shares in the name of Sophia Bailey, her Jamaican passport and an envelope with “Sophia £1,650” written on it.
‘Over £1,500 in cash was in her handbag.
‘She told the police she had been dealing drugs for the previous two years, having lost her cash in hand job. She said she approached a Jamaican friend asking to deal drugs for him.
‘She said she’d sold the drugs to numerous people. It was clear she had managed to transfer £23,000 in cash to people in Jamaica during the previous 5-6 years.
‘She said she would get up to 3.5 ounces of crack and heroin delivered at a time and the more she sold the more she got paid.
‘It emerged she was an illegal immigrant who had absconded from UK Border Agency control in 2008.’
Judge Hart formally certified that Bailey had benefited by £14,310 from crime and had £1,650 available for confiscation.
Lloyd Jenkins, defending, said her life had ‘fallen into the doldrums’ when she lost her job in December 2010.
She had been in the UK since 2006 and was the carer for her elderly uncle, now 86, he said.
She had turned to drug dealing because she wanted to continue to support her uncle and also her parents, who are in poor health, said Mr Jenkins.
He added: ‘She also two children, now aged 18 and 20, who had very expensive school fees.’
Jailing her, Judge Hart said many people questioned why illegal immigrant offenders were not just immediately deported rather than put the UK to the cost of jailing them.
But he said there had to be prison terms or foreigners would come to the country just to commit crime in the knowledge that the worst that could happen to them would be to be sent home.


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  • Belly Bang says:

    And so it shall be :cool

  • Original Goodas says:

    you know all them country ya soon ban we

  • Met says:

    good morninggggggggggg mi nah seh nuttin nopes

  • Belly Bang says:

    Met, mi find miself ah type and ah delete over and over cause wat mi ah guh seh is wat has been said over & over ****and how ironic that just the other day mi ah rejoice dat mi comrades dem disband di dislike button****** :tabrakan:

  • Original Goodas says:

    met darling we need to start run some topics of Jamaican doing good overseas cause a pure bad publicity we getting

  • Met says:

    Belly when mi read di headline mi seh it could be true den when mi eye glimpse di age mi smh..dem good soh

  • Observer says:

    I lack sympathy..she DID NOT have to resort to drug dealing fi support dem kids n uncle kmt gtfoh wid dat mi sehhh wi soun cannot guh nowhere overseas

  • Belly Bang says:

    thinking ….. :think:

    Yuh know dat the Government always ah rejoice about the amount of remittances that flowing into the island & mi seh to miself ……wat % represents Lotto Scam $$$??…wat % represents earnings from coke/drugs/proceeds of crime???

    With the (attempted) clampdown on the scammers locally and the druggist dem abroad, how much will the remittance figures be affected and wat the Government ah guh seh???

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Mawning one an all.

    Mi tiad fi seh dis, but mi aguh seh it agen – People must learn to live their own lives, not keep up with others or live the life other ppl r living.

    She deh inna di ppl dem country illegally, unemployed, doe have no kinda financial support, but shi a sen pickney in Jamaica guh private educational institutions an a look afta madda, fawda an uncle. How dat mek any sense? Kmt.

  • LadyWoW says:

    I really dont belive she coudnt fine another way fi mek a dolla. and she tek on one bag a responsibility. Dont put ur hat wehu cyan reach it and make promises that you cant full fill.

  • Just Saying says:

    Let me look at this at a different angle. We know how people like to go back home and pretend and carry on how life abroad is sweet and easy. They entice you to come with all types of promises of shelter and work. She came only to find life abroad isn’t any easier than life back home in fact it’s harder. She lost the job she had and chances of finding another was probably slim. Due to her status her only option was to hustle. When the money started rolling in and she was able to do for her family she got hooked. Not saying what she did was right, but at least she put it to good use. She made sure her kids got a good education, so they wouldn’t have to struggle in life. Sometimes in life we are forced to make decisions that we don’t necessarily like or want to do. Everyone handles hardship differently, some commit suicide, some get involve in illegal activity, some lose their minds and some just ride it out. We can’t judge until we have walked in their shoes.

    Side note: Met, do you know vampire girl had to nerve to plead not guilty.

  • Met says:

    which vampire dat?

  • Just Saying says:

    Melissa, the one that bit the store owner after being caught red handed,

  • Jules says:

    I second dat, Goodas. Met, wi need some uplifting stories of Jamaicans doing di right ting overseas.

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  • Belly Bang says:

    Wid my two big dry eye dem mi ah guh say that we nuh haffi judge, the judge find her guilty and there is no hidden factors in fi her story, its all out there.

    She hustle the coke and get buss and her ass in jail. Fi her bad luck and she must bear it wid a grin. Coke ah nuh nice ting. She over there illegally and determined she naw return ah yawd. Private schools in JA arent the only option, there are good government schools here and if needs be the child could go on the PATH programme. Times hard yes, tings nuh easy fi ah soul. Female taxi drivers deh yah, dem ah work pon garbage truck, dem ah drive tractor, dem ah work pon construction site, cause wah, dem have dem kids to feed and dem want mek it inna life and know seh dem naw involve inna f—ery.

    If she did have the guts and determination to go involve herself inna coke,, knowing that the authorities after her, if she did channel that determination and commitment inna Jamaica she might be better off. When she leff guh ah other people land illegally and contribute to the distribution and use of coke, perhaps to fellow Jamaicans and Caribbean nationalities, she better shut her rass and stay put and when her time up come ah Jamaica and pray dat some $$$ deh yah fi her fi mek a proper start over.

    Mi hope mi nuh see her in the Gleaner or Observer couple years from now ah holla and ah bawl bout “woe is me”.

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