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Benefits Street Residents On Drug Charges
A number of people living in TV's Benefits Street have been charged with drug offences following a series of police raids.
Officers allegedly found class A and B drugs at properties in James Turner Street in Birmingham's Winson Green, where the documentary was filmed.
The Channel 4 show claims to reveal "the reality of life on benefits" on "one of Britain's most benefit-dependent streets".
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said the raids, which took place last June, were ordered after concerns were raised by local residents.
Following enquiries, seven people have been charged and bailed to appear before magistrates in Birmingham on February 6.
Samora Roberts, 32, was charged with conspiracy to supply a class B drug, conspiracy to supply a class A drug (crack cocaine), possession of a class A drug (diamorphine) and possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.
Tina Thomas, 46, was charged with conspiracy to supply class B drugs (cannabis) and possession of ammunition without a certificate.
Charlene Wilson, 29, was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine) and class B drugs (cannabis), as well as possession of diamorphine.
Monique Walker, 28, and Marvin Scott, 37, were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine).
Omari George, 20, and Ian Wright, 38, are charged with the same offence, as well as conspiracy to supply class B drugs (cannabis).
All of those charged live in James Turner Street, except for George, who lives in Dora Road, Handsworth.
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