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TV benefits stars on drug charges

Police have charged a number of people living in TV's "Benefits Street" with drug offences.

The charges follow a series of raids carried out last year in James Turner Street, Winson Green, Birmingham - the street which is the subject of the Channel 4 documentary series.

West Midlands Police said the raids took place last June at a number of addresses in the street following concerns raised by the local community.

Following the warrants, a number of people were arrested and Class A and B drugs were recovered by officers.

After ongoing enquiries, seven people were charged on Wednesday with a number of offences and all have been bailed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court on February 6.

Samora Roberts, 32, from James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply a class B controlled drug, conspiracy to supply a class A controlled drug (crack cocaine), possession of a Class A controlled drug (diamorphine) and possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.

Tina Thomas, 46, of James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (cannabis) and possession of ammunition without a certificate.

Charlene Wilson, 29, of James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine) and Class B drugs (cannabis) and possession of diamorphine.

Ian Wright, 38, of James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine) and conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (cannabis).

Monique Walker, 28, of James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine).

Marvin Scott, 37, of James Turner Street, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine).

Omari George, 20, of Dora Road, Handsworth, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine) and Class B drugs (cannabis).

The documentary relates to life on what is said to be one of Britain's most benefit-dependent streets.

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