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Jail for new parent drug dealers

A drug dealing couple have been jailed just days after their son was born in prison.

Kerry Gilbert, 25, and Lewis Salmon, 45, dealt heroin and crack cocaine to clear a debt, Luton Crown Court heard.

Salmon, 45, of Sandhurst Road, Bedford, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to nine charges of possessing and supplying Class A drugs.

Gilbert, 25, of the same address, was jailed for two years after admitting 11 charges of supplying Class A drugs.

Defence barrister Kevin Molloy said their son was born on Sunday in the prison where Gilbert was being held on remand.

It is quite clear you don't seem to think dealing in drugs is a particularly wicked activity
Judge Michael Kay QC

The couple had lived together for a short time before they were arrested.

They were caught during an undercover police operation which was conducted in Bedford in November and December last year, said prosecutor Maurice Aston.

They were arrested on 19 January when Salmon was in a car with 10 wraps of crack cocaine.

Gilbert was at home where a further 35 wraps of the drug were found.

'Unlikely to reoffend'

Judge Michael Kay QC said: "Reading your pre-sentence reports it is quite clear you don't seem to think dealing in drugs is a particularly wicked activity and you may wonder why courts take such a serious view of it.

"Well the answer is simple. Drugs ruin people's lives.

"We sit here, day in, day out, dealing with people who commit offences like street robberies and burglaries to fund their habit."

Mr Molloy, defending Salmon, said: "He is an unusual defendant. He is a softly spoken and you have to scratch your head to think how he got involved. He will not be back before a court again."

Clive Smith, representing Gilbert, said: "She comes over as naive and did not realise the seriousness of what was going on. She fell into this perhaps being blinded by the love for her partner.

"She is very unlikely to ever come before a court again."



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