A CHESTER mum-of-four who used the money she made working for a drug dealer to provide better opportunities for her kids failed to win time off her jail term on appeal.
Jacqueline Dutton, 45, of Ludlow Road, Blacon, was involved with a large amount of cocaine distributed throughout the Chester area in 2008, officers said after her conviction, and the judge who jailed her described her as an “essential cog in the drug dealing wheel”.
In November last year, officers raided her flat and found around 13oz of cocaine - worth around £10,000 wholesale - and 1,000 TZP tablets, a type of ecstasy.
London's Criminal Appeal Court heard yesterday (Thursday, November 26) that the tablets could be sold for around £1 each and the cocaine could fetch £40 a gramme from dealers.
Dutton also had two sets of scales at her home and four mobile phones.
She told officers that she was paid around £100-a-week to bag up and weigh the drugs and that she used the money to “provide better opportunities for her children”.
Dutton - who has previous convictions for theft and benefit fraud - had been working in the drugs trade for around 12 months, the court heard.
She admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply, attempting to possess MDMA with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of cocaine and was jailed for a total of four and a half years at Chester Crown Court in July this year.
She also admitted possessing amphetamine and cannabis, but no separate penalty was imposed for those offences.
Yesterday, she challenged her sentence at the Appeal Court, but Judge Richard Brown and Mrs Justice Rafferty rejected her plea that the jail term was “manifestly excessive”, and dismissed her appeal.