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Benefits Street: Four in court over drug charges

James Turner Street
Image caption Police officers said they recovered class A and B drugs during raids in June

Four residents of James Turner Street - dubbed Benefits Street after the Channel 4 programme - have appeared in court on drugs charges.

Samora Roberts, known as Black Dee, and her neighbours Tina Thomas, Charlene Wilson and Ian Wright were not required to enter pleas during a hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.

West Midlands Police carried out raids on the Winson Green road last June and found class A and class B drugs.

Three other people were also charged.

District Judge David Robinson granted all seven defendants unconditional bail to reappear for a plea hearing at the city's Crown Court on 5 June.

Ms Roberts, 32, is accused of conspiracy to supply cannabis and crack cocaine at her home, possession of diamorphine, and possession of 13 0.38-calibre bullet cartridges.

Ms Thomas, 46, is also accused of possessing five bullet cartridges of the same calibre, and conspiracy to supply cannabis.

Ms Wilson, 29, faces charges of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and cannabis, and possession of diamorphine.

Mr Wright, 38, is alleged to have conspired with others to supply both crack cocaine and cannabis.

Marvin Scott, 37, formerly of James Turner Street but now of City Road, Edgbaston, faces a single count of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine.

Monique Walker, 28, formerly of James Turner Street but now of Selly Oak, Birmingham, is alleged to have plotted to supply crack cocaine.

Omari George, 20, of Dora Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, faces charges of conspiracy to supply cannabis and crack cocaine.

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