Cocaine Granny Jailed After Using Son As Courier

by : Joe Harker on : 13 Jan 2022 13:46
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A cocaine dealing grandmother has been jailed for two and a half years after using her son as a courier for drugs.

A cocaine-dealing Caerphilly grandmother is going to jail after using her son to carry drugs on her behalf.


Julie Smith, 53, was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court along with her son Robbie Smith, 23, and 19-year-old George Medcraft. All three defendants plead guilty.

The court heard Smith, a user of cocaine herself, had become involved with the supply of the Class-A drug after spending ‘a large quantity of her own money’ on the addictive narcotic, as per South Wales Argus.

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Smith was supplied by Medcraft, described by the defence as ‘a young man with promise’ who was himself recruited to supply cocaine after incurring a ‘significant debt’ to a drug dealer.


During a search of the defendants’ homes, police officers found mobile phone evidence indicating Robbie had also played a role in supplying cocaine.

It was determined that his role in the supply of cocaine was that of a ‘gofer’, delivering drugs that had already been paid for as his mother had been housebound at the time of the offence.

The prosecution described Medcraft and Smith’s roles in the supply of cocaine as ‘significant’, while Robbie was deemed to have played a ‘lesser’ part.

Wayne Beard, the judge dealing with the case, described the offences as ‘one of the banes of modern society’ but accepted that Robbie’s role in the charges was down to ‘misguided loyalty’ towards his mother.

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Julie Smith was handed a 30-month jail sentence for her part in the supply of the Class-A drug, with Judge Beard saying her punishment ‘must be immediate custody’.

Robbie Smith, who has been described as having a ‘real prospect’ of rehabilitation, was given a suspended sentence of 16 months in prison and has been ordered to complete 10 rehabilitation sessions along with 130 hours of unpaid work.

Medcraft, noted by the judge to have ‘moved away’ from using drugs, was given a two-year suspended sentence along with 15 rehabilitation sessions and 180 hours of unpaid work.


If the latter two can stay out of trouble for the next 18 months, they will avoid going to prison.

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    Cocaine dealer grandmother Julie Smith of Caerphilly jailed