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Benefits Street Stars Charged With Drug Offences

25/01/2014 15:25 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 15:59 GMT
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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, (knowns as Black Dee on the show) 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 controversial documentary relates to life on what is said to be one of Britain's most benefit-dependent streets.