Pregnant Rugby teenager in jail for part in heroin deals

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A pregnant 18-year-old who was caught supplying heroin and crack cocaine during an undercover police operation has been jailed for eight months.

The sentence imposed at Warwick Crown Court means Chenice Ramsey will be freed before her baby is born.

Ramsey, of Alfred Road, Rugby, and her boyfriend Jake Cannell, 23, who was jailed for 12 months at an earlier hearing, had admitted conspiring to supply the Class A drugs.

Prosecutor Gareth Walters said that in June last year an undercover officer calling himself Al phoned a drug dealer’s number, through which he had previously bought heroin.

This time the phone was answered by a female who asked what he wanted and told him to go to Tom Brown Street where he saw Ramsey and Cannell, who already had some wraps in his hand. But because only one was heroin he turned to Ramsey and told her “we need another of these,” at which point she reached into her bra and took out a bag containing about 50 wraps.

Al met the couple on two further occasions when drugs were exchanged. On a third occasion, Ramsey gave him the phone number of a dealer in London.

Cannell, who has since moved back to his home city of Cambridge, was sentenced earlier this month. Ramsey’s case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on her, and she was granted bail.

But Mr Walters said she had been arrested and remanded in custody after failing to comply with her bail conditions.

Nick Devine, defending, said that she had no previous drug offences on her record, had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, and is now pregnant and “about six weeks or so gone”.

Jailing Ramsey, Judge Marten Coates told her: “Of all the people I’ve had to deal with, you are certainly not at the top of the table – but you’re not at the lower end either.

“You were knowingly involved in the supply of these pernicious drugs.

“You were put on bail with conditions, and you ignored all of the conditions, so there has to be a custodial sentence.”