TV benefits stars on drug charges

Andover Advertiser: Several residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham have been charged with drug offences Several residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham have been charged with drug offences

Police have charged a number of people living in TV's "Benefits Street" with drug offences.

The charges follow a series of raids carried out last year in James Turner Street, Winson Green, Birmingham - the street which is the subject of the Channel 4 documentary series.

West Midlands Police said the raids took place last June at a number of addresses in the street following concerns raised by the local community.

Following the warrants, a number of people were arrested and Class A and B drugs were recovered by officers.

After ongoing enquiries, seven people were charged on Wednesday with a number of offences and all have been bailed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court on February 6.

Samora Roberts, 32, from James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply a class B controlled drug, conspiracy to supply a class A controlled drug (crack cocaine), possession of a Class A controlled drug (diamorphine) and possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.

Tina Thomas, 46, of James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (cannabis) and possession of ammunition without a certificate.

Charlene Wilson, 29, of James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine) and Class B drugs (cannabis) and possession of diamorphine.

Ian Wright, 38, of James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine) and conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (cannabis).

Monique Walker, 28, of James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine).

Marvin Scott, 37, of James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine).

Omari George, 20, of Dora Road, Handsworth, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine) and Class B drugs (cannabis).

The documentary relates to life on what is said to be one of Britain's most benefit-dependent streets.

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