16-year-old boy caught running crack cocaine business

Cocaine illustration 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

A boy was arrested on charges of distribution of cocaine after being caught running a crack cocaine business, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Along with the boy, Pela White was caught selling cocaine through police surveillance, which involved bugging his car.

White was bringing cocaine and heroin from London to Bedford, and then washing the drugs and converting them into crack at a female friend's home.

White also took orders for the crack and heroin, and arranged for the boy to deliver them at meeting spots around Bedford. White, 36, of Belverdere Way, Harrow, was sentenced to five years in prison at the Luton Crown Court.

He and the teenager pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply drugs.

The boy, who cannot be identified, also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm that was loaded with live ammunition, which was found after his arrest.

He was sentenced to three years in youth custody. Elisha Joseph, 25, of Saunton Close, Bedford, pleaded guilty to allowing her premises to be used for the supply of drugs.

She was given a 16 month prison sentence suspended for two years with supervision, and was ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work.

Beulah Willis, 26, of Princess Street, Bedford, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs. She took phone messages for White about drug deals on a few occasions.

She was given a 10 month prison sentence suspended for two years with 150 hours of unpaid work.