Barmaid caught in cop sting

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A TRIO supplied class A drugs to an undercover officer.

Lianne Reidy, 21, Raymond Palmer, 26, and Andrew Bell, 28, were among 37 defendants caught through the undercover operation, after they sold cocaine and ecstasy to a test purchase operator called “Mel”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that all three were recreational drug users, but were stung by police after the undercover officer befriended Reidy in Sunderland’s The Porterfield pub, where she worked.

Reidy, of Ridgeway, South Shields, admitted two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Palmer, of Ingham Grange, South Shields, pleaded guilty to supplying a class A drug to another.

Bell, of West Avenue, South Shields, admitted three counts of the same charge.

Defending Reidy, Stephen Duffield said: “This has been a wake-up call to her and she has ceased to have anything to do with drugs, including consuming them.”

John Wilkinson, defending Bell, said Bell had previously been a recreational drug user, but had recently contacted a support group of his own accord to turn his life around.

David Combe, mitigating for Paler, said: “He bitterly regrets it and it has cost him dearly.”

The judge jailed Bell for two years and Palmer was jailed for 15 months.

Reidy was given a 12-month community order and 150 hours unpaid work.