Benefits Street's Black Dee 'dealt crack and heroin from her house on James Turner Street where police found bullets stuffed in a SHOE'
- Samora Roberts, 33, appeared on Channel 4 show set in Birmingham
- Police found cannabis, crack cocaine, heroin and just over £500 in cash at her home in James Turner Street, as well as a shoe filled with bullets
- Roberts on trial at Birmingham Crown Court alongside Charlene Wilson, 31, Tina Thomas, 47, Ian Wright, 39, Omari George, 22, and Marvin Scott, 38
- She denies two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, conspiracy to supply cannabis and two further charges of illegally having ammunition
Benefits Street star Black Dee helped run a 'drugs operation' from her home in James Turner Street where police found bullets hidden in a shoe, a court heard today.
Samora Roberts, known as Dee, found fame on the Channel 4 series but was today in court accused with five others of conspiring to prepare, store and sell 'significant quantities' of crack, heroin and cannabis.
She was arrested in June 2013 after police raided homes in the Birmingham street following a surveillance operation, and found drugs as well as a pink shoe containing 13 bullets in her washing basket.
Benefits Street star Black Dee, real name Samora Roberts, is accused of helping to run a 'drugs operation' from her home in James Turner Street
Her DNA was also discovered on a sock containing a further five shells, which was discovered at a neighbour's home.
A key found under the 33-year-old's bed unlocked a Ford Focus parked in the street, where police uncovered a bag of crack cocaine with a street value of £5,000.
Roberts denies two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, conspiracy to supply cannabis and two further charges of illegally having ammunition.
'Essentially, this is a case about the selling of drugs,' Samantha Forsyth, prosecuting, told the jury at Birmingham Crown Court.
She explained that the 'street has gained a degree of publicity because there was a TV programme based on some of the residents who lived in that street'.
Roberts and her co-accused Charlene Wilson, 31, outside Birmingham Crown Court. Wilson denies conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, cannabis, and heroin
Wilson and Roberts with Marvin Scott and Omari George (pictured left to right). The two men are each accused of three counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, cannabis and heroin
Ms Forsyth told the jury that police had carried out a 14-day surveillance operation in the road filming 'the comings and goings' of the defendants and others 'who did not live on that street'.
She added: 'The police secretly filmed the defendants going about what we say was their unlawful business: the selling of drugs.
'Each and every one, to a lesser or greater extent, were involved in selling drugs from that street,' said Ms Forsyth.
Addressing the jury, she said: 'You'll see the various defendants going about sometimes day-to-day ordinary business, but also what the Crown suggest are drug dealings happening in that street - the exchange of drugs, for money.'
Roberts was arrested in June 2013 after police raided homes in the Birmingham street following a surveillance operation
The jury was told that James Turner Street 'has gained a degree of publicity because there was a TV programme based on some of the residents who lived in that street'
Police found £500 in cannabis, heroin with a street value of £150, and crack cocaine inside a plastic Kinder egg container at Wilson's home, the court heard. She is pictured (right) with Roberts
Undercover police footage showed the defendants handling 'items and packages passed about and handed to people in the street or pulling up in cars'.
The covert recording showed that by 2.30pm on May 3, 2013, ten people had entered Roberts's home, staying just a few minutes at a time before leaving.
Ms Forsyth told the court: 'This is not Oscar winning footage, it's not light entertainment.
'At the end of the case all of the pieces of the jigsaw will have been slotted into place for you.'
Between 3pm and 5.30pm nine people are seen entering Roberts' home before leaving after a few minutes.
Miss Forsyth said: 'People are going back and forward, staying for short periods of time and then leaving.'
In a lighter moment, that film showed fellow Benefits Street personality Deirdre Kelly, known as White Dee, knocking on Roberts's door. She is not implicated in the alleged conspiracy.
Roberts appeared in the dock alongside Charlene Wilson, 31, Tina Thomas, 47, and 39-year-old Ian Wright, who all still live on James Turner Street, Winson Green.
Wright, Thomas and Wilson are accused of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, cannabis, and heroin all between May 4 and June 15, 2013.
Thomas also denies one count of illegally possessing ammunition on June 14, 2013.
Two others; 22-year-old Omari George, of Dora Road, Handsworth, and Marvin Scott, 38, of City Road, Edgbaston, both deny three counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, cannabis and heroin.
Tina Thomas, 47, (left) and 39-year-old Ian Wright (right), who both still live on James Turner Street, Winson Green are accused of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, cannabis, and heroin
A key found under Roberts's bed unlocked a Ford Focus parked in the street, where police uncovered a bag of crack cocaine. The car was found to be insured to co-accused George (pictured)
The jury heard how police raiding Roberts's home found nine packets of cannabis, 16g of crack cocaine, a small amount of heroin and just over £500 in cash.
Five sets of scales were also found, which prosecutors allege were used to prepare drugs.
'You may wonder why anybody has five sets of scales - even the keenest baker wouldn't perhaps have five sets of scales,' said Ms Forsyth.
When she was searched after her arrest, Roberts had £200 cash in her waistband, and a further two bags of cannabis.
The court heard that she later told officers: 'You didn't even get the guy or four others involved - this makes me laugh'.
Roberts denied the crack and heroin were hers and claimed the cash 'had come from her grandmother'. She said she used the scales to weigh cannabis.
Ms Forsyth said Roberts 'described her house as an open house, and items such as the car keys' were nothing to do with her.
The car was found to be insured to co-accused George.
During a raid at Scott's house, police found £2,000 worth of crack cocaine on top of a washing machine and £4,000 cash in a shoebox, as well as two digital sets of scales.
Ms Forsyth said: 'This was another house where there were drugs, money and scales.
'This was not people smoothing a bit of cannabis for personal use. It went far far beyond that.'
In the home of Wilson, who was dating Wright at the time, officers found £500 in cannabis, heroin with a street value of £150, and crack cocaine inside a plastic Kinder egg container.
Officers searching Thomas' terraced house discovered £1,500 of cannabis, wrapped in bags, and inside a small pink box she owned, five bullets wrapped in a sock.
The trial continues.
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