"you, Miss Zaman, were trying to flush the drugs"
Aisha Zaman, aged 20, of Radford, Nottingham, was jailed for 30 months after she was caught trying to flush nearly £3,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine down a toilet.
She had been placed in the Derby home of Christopher Dean by those further up the drugs market in Nottingham.
Zaman used the address on Stockbrook Street as a base where she sold class A drugs from. She also used others to carry out the same crime.
Police watched Dean, aged 32, selling cannabis and another woman, 38-year-old Mandy Hughes, throwing wraps of drugs over a wall when she spotted officers.
Detectives then raided the address and initially found Zaman trying to climb out of a window.
When they got inside, they found her trying to flush the drugs down the toilet.
A plumber was called to remove the bowl. Inside was 142 wraps of heroin and 103 wraps of crack cocaine.
The prosecutor, Sarah Slater, told Derby Crown Court that the offences took place in July 2019.
Zaman pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
In mitigation, Annette Thomas said: “She is from a good family who have been hurt by her behaviour.
“For whatever reason, she was put into a position of trust by those further up the chain.”
Father-of-four Dean admitted to possession with intent to supply cannabis and permitting his premises to be used to supply class A drugs.
His barrister Tom Heath explained: “He works all over the country for the railways and hopes to return to that job when he is released from prison.”
Hughes pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Laura Pitman said: “She has been living at her mother’s address and wants to return to her own flat.”
Judge Shaun Smith QC told the trio: “To varying degrees, you have all been involved in class A drugs.
“When police arrived at the address you, Miss Zaman, were trying to flush the drugs down the toilet and it was a substantial amount, some £3,000 worth.
“It is fair to say you were up to your neck in selling class A drugs from that address.”
Judge Smith turned to Dean and told him:
“You have admitted to selling cannabis for six months and you permitted your premises to be used by Miss Zaman for supplying class A drugs.”
He went on to tell Hughes: “You are clearly a user of drugs and you were no doubt being used by Miss Zaman to sell drugs to pay off a drugs debt.”
Derby Telegraph reported that Aisha Zaman was jailed for 30 months. Christopher Dean was jailed for 18 months.
Mandy Hughes received an 18-month community order, with a six-month curfew and 15 rehabilitation sessions.