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Dundee grandmother jailed for nearly seven years for dealing cocaine and heroin

A major drugs haul was from Soapwork Lane, Dundee.
A major drugs haul was from Soapwork Lane, Dundee.

A Dundee grandmother was jailed for six years and 10 months after police found heroin and cocaine worth more than £80,000.

Wendy Connelly, 44, was linked to two separate seizures of heroin at locations in the city.

The first in July 2019 was made at a hostel in the city’s Soapwork Lane and was valued at just over £2,000.

The second seizure occurred at a flat in Langlands Street in July 2020 when a further batch of heroin worth £65,000 was found, along with £16,000 worth of cocaine.

Judge Lady Haldane told Connelly she had pled guilty to three serious charges of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin.

She pointed out Connelly has “a considerable number of previous convictions”, including drug trafficking offences.

Lady Haldane said: “You have suffered a number of adverse experiences as a child and as an adult.”

She told Connelly if she had been convicted of the drugs crimes after trial at Edinburgh High Court she would have faced a sentence of eight years imprisonment.

Addicted since early adulthood

Connelly earlier admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin on July 17 in 2019 and July 22 in 2020 and being concerned in the supply of cocaine on the latter date.

Her defence counsel Rosalyn McTaggart said Connelly had suffered trauma and tragedy, including abuse and the loss of children.

She told the court: “She has been blighted by addiction for more than 20 years.”

The defence counsel said Connelly had taken steps to get help while being held in prison on remand.

A co-accused, plant operator Andrew Lindsay, 42, was jailed for three years and seven months.

Lindsay had admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine worth more than £16,000 and £12,000 of the Class C drug Etizolam on July 22 in 2020 at the property in Langlands Street.

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