Oldham pair jailed for £330,000 drugs lab
A man who turned his friend’s house into a drugs lab where more than £300,000 of amphetamine was found has been jailed.
Brian Norton (24/08/1965) of Delph Lane, Delph, Oldham used the home of Lesley Roberts (23/07/1961) on Brunswick Street, Shaw to make and cut drugs.
At Minshull Street Crown Court today (Monday 18 February 2019) Norton was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class b drugs and being concerned in the supply of class b drugs.
Roberts was jailed for 20 months after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of class b drugs.
The pair were brought down by Operation Arcadia – a surveillance-led investigation into the production and supply of controlled drugs in the Oldham area.
Norton was observed between October and November 2018. During this time Norton was seen entering Roberts’ property on Brunswick Street, Oldham on multiple occasions.
Police raided the house and found a large quantity of amphetamine in a chest freezer, as well as a large amount of the drug on the kitchen worktop that Norton was in the process of cutting into smaller deals for onward.
There was also a large amount of drugs paraphernalia including snap bags and weighing scales.
Both Norton and Roberts were arrested.
Roberts admitted that she’d agreed that Norton could use her address to cut up drugs and in return she he would pay her £100 per week.