A RUBERY mother who dealt drugs as her son masterminded a cocaine-selling ring from prison was jailed for 12 years by Birmingham Crown Court.
Sharon McKeown, 47, would travel to Liverpool and buy Class A drugs as part of the illegal business with her son Reece Doulay, 24, and his accomplice Danny Stenson, 28.
Doulay and Stenson were both serving at HM Prison Swinfen Hall, Lichfield in 2014 when the plan to sell on the streets of Birmingham was hatched.
Doulay would generate funds for the cocaine by selling legal highs – which McKeown had helped to smuggle – in prison.
West Midlands Police rumbled the drug-dealing plot after monitoring calls where Doulay would give plans and directions to McKeown.
When McKeown was arrested on her return from Liverpool on November 27, 2014, she was found with one ounce of high purity cocaine hidden in her body.
Stenson, who was released from HMP Swinfen Hall in October 2014, was arrested a month later on November 12 with over £4,000 in cash for the purchase of cocaine.
McKeown, of Stilthouse Grove, Rubery, was convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between January 2014 and May 2015. She was sentenced to 12 years at Birmingham Crown Court last Friday (January 22)
Stenson, of Leyfield Road, Liverpool, was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of the same offence. Doulay, of Stilthouse Lane, Rubery, pleaded guilty and was jailed for seven-and-half years.
Investigating officer Sgt Alan Teague, from Birmingham South Police, said: “All three played a leading role in the plans to sell cocaine on the streets of the West Midlands.
“Doulay and Stenson hatched the idea in prison and McKeown, who was still in regular contact with her son, was a willing participant on the outside.
“Through detailed investigation work we were able to bring this enterprise to a close.
“We have all seen the devastating impact that drugs can have on our communities and these sentences should act as a strong warning not to engage in the illegal trade.”