A mother-of-three has been jailed for three years and four months after she was caught selling Class A drugs on the streets of Chorley.

Andrena Kelly, 45, admitted she had been dealing heroin for around 20 years after she was arrested in a car in the city on February 9, 2020.

Officers searched the vehicle and found a small amount of crack, a mobile phone, digital scales and £30 in cash. She was arrested and initially made no comment when questioned by police, Preston Crown Court heard.

But Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, said Kelly was questioned again on February 23 after her phone, and another phone taken from her on an earlier occasion, were scanned.

The investigation revealed text messages to around 20 addicts offering heroin and crack cocaine.

Kelly, of Hollinshead Street, Chorley, admitted she was dealing drugs to fund her own £100 a day habit – which saw her use four bags of heroin every day.

Her lawyer told the court she suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and psychosis, exacerbated by her detention since her arrest.

Kelly pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine, to being involved in supplying heroin and to being involved in supplying crack cocaine.

Recorder Andrew McLaughlin, who handed down the sentence, said: “I accept that this is a case where, according to your own version of events, you were dealing drugs for at least 12 months, but as you frankly tell those who question you, you have been dealing drugs on and off for 20 years.

“You have been an integral part of your own operation to supply drugs to those around you.

“You have to use this money to fund a heavy personal habit. You clearly have a desire to get rid of what has unfortunately become a life force for you. It seems, from everything I’ve seen and read about you, that your main purpose in life is to feed an addiction.

“You have three children, two adults and a teenager, and you seem to have very little influence on their lives.

“You are now 45. It would seem that many Class A drug addicts your age are finally seeing some form of light. They realize that the drugs they use are having a terrible impact on their physical and mental well-being. .”

He sentenced Kelly to 40 months in prison and issued a forfeiture and destruction order in respect of the drugs, telephone scales and £30 in cash which had been seized from Kelly when he was arrested.

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