Grandmother and her son jailed for dealing drugs from their home (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Grandmother and her son jailed for dealing drugs from their Middlesbrough home
A GRANDMOTHER and son with more than 100 crimes on their combined records are behind bars after police discovered drug dealing from their home.
Amanda Sharp, 45, peddled amphetamine to doorstep visitors to the house in Colville Street, Middlesbrough, in front of her teenage children, a court heard today (Thursday, September 5).
One of her sons, James, 22, tried to hide incriminating packages when police raided the property in February, and was also caught with rocks of crack cocaine.
The pair appeared at Teesside Crown Court to be dealt with for a series of offences committed over a month - and got sentences of almost four years between them.
Amphetamine addict Amanda Sharp admitted possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply and possessing Class B drugs, and was jailed for a total of 27 months.
Her jobless son got 18 months after pleading guilty to possessing Class A drugs, assisting an offender, dangerous driving, having no insurance and driving without a licence.
The court heard that while he was on bail for throwing drugs from a window as police arrived, he almost mowed down two officers who tried to stop his car on March 26.
His lawyer, Sean Grainger, said: "This is a young man who, almost inevitably, would have at one at point ended up in criminality bearing in mind the upbringing he has had. He seems to have adapted into that lifestyle with some gusto."
Graham Silvester, for the mother, said she was preyed on by drug dealers in her tough neighbourhood and has struggled unsuccessfully to beat a long-term habit.
"She is in a depressingly difficult situation where it is nigh-on impossible for her to move on with her life," he told Judge Howard Crowson. "It is just an impossible dream.
"She is known to the sub-culture of drug dealers in the Middlesbrough area, so breaking out of the habit of using it, moving away and making a new start is difficult."
The court heard that she has 37 offences on a record which includes four previous convictions for drug dealing and two for simple possession.
Her son has a crime sheet containing 83 offences, including possessing drugs, aggravated vehicle taking, burglary and football disorder.
Judge Crowson told him: "Yes, you have grown up in a household where things have been happening, but you are 22 now and have to start making decisions for yourself."
The judge told his mother: "You may well be addicted to amphetamine, you certainly have a habit for it, but you have chosen to meet your expenditure for its use by selling it.
"The effect is that other people who have habits have their needs perpetuated by you selling it to them from your house, where you were living with your children."