May 28, 2019 3.52 pm This story is over 54 months old

Married Mamba peddlers face more jail time

They flooded Lincoln streets with the drug

A married couple who flooded Lincoln streets with mamba have been ordered to cough up the money they made or face more jail time.

Stephen and Charlotte Bavin were stopped by police in a car connected to the supply of synthetic cannabis.

As previously reported, officers found 135g in six sandwich bags on their back seat before they raided the couple’s home.

The total street value of the drugs seized was between £26,000 and almost £48,000.

Both were sentenced to 12 months at Lincoln Crown Court after a trial in November 2018.

They have already been freed from prison but could face more time if they don’t pay back £7,571 in three months.

Stephen Bavin was warned that he faces five months while Charlotte Bavin was told that she will serve 21 days in default.

When sentencing the pair at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, November 16, Recorder Nicholas Bacon, said: “This substance causes devastation, physically and emotionally, to the recipients of it.

“You were clearly dealing in this ghastly substance – moreover, you were not at the bottom of the chain (as) there were at least two other suppliers beneath you.

“It is appalling what these substances do to human beings. (They) cause unnecessary and awful consequences for many youngsters and others who are unfortunate to be preyed on by suppliers of the kind unfortunately you fall into.”

Speaking about the impact on use of mamba in Lincoln, he added: “Pointedly, I note that subsequent to your arrest there has been a reduction in the number of complaints about this drug.”