Teesside County Lines drug dealer prosecuted for flooding Whitby with heroin and cocaine

Emma Louise Seed

Emma Louise Seed, 31, formerly of the South Bank, was jailed by the Crown Court of York after previously pleading guilty to four Class A drug offenses including:

– Conspiracy to supply heroin to Whitby between 23 November and 2 December 2020.

– Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs to Whitby between October 25 and November 21, 2020.

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– Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs to Whitby between 28 August and 23 October 2020.

– Heroin storage in Scarborough on August 20, 2021

Following receipt of information and intelligence about the alleged Class A drug dealing in Whitby on February 12, 2020, Safe Area CID officers from Scarborough and Rydale issued a warrant against a house on Abbots Road.

As a result of this action, drugs, drug trafficking paraphernalia, telephones and other devices were seized.

This prompted a two-year investigation that included a detailed analysis by the Digital Forensics Unit.

The investigative team was able to link together hundreds of phone calls and text messages to key points in the Country Lines supply chain, which was active between Teesside and Whitby.

Another drug warrant was filed at an address in South Bank, Cleveland Police District on December 9, 2020. Heroin and cocaine were seized, and Sid was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply,

It was obvious that Sid was at the center of a drug trafficking conspiracy.

She was later charged with seven offenses and appeared before Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 2 August 2021, where the case was transferred to York Crown Court.

Sid pleaded guilty in January 2021 and has been in custody pending sentencing since November 2, 2021.

Detective Sergeant Andy Hall of the Scarborough and Rydale CID, who led the investigation, said: “Emma Seed has brought nothing but misery and harm to the Whitby community.

“She ruthlessly exploited vulnerable and drug addicted people for her own financial gain, driving a drug trafficking plot between Teesside and Whitby.

“Sid is now facing the full severity of his crime. A sentence of 11 years and nine months in prison is a satisfactory result for everyone involved in the investigation.

“This is also a great result for the people of Whitby, who have had to put up with this dangerous and destructive activity on their doorstep.

“We thank every resident or business owner who has passed vital information to us directly or anonymously through Crimestoppers. We can’t stress enough how important this flow of information is to the effective operation of the police and the prosecution of offenders like Sid.

“More than anything, this case shows that North Yorkshire Police will not tolerate drug dealers based in our area or those who come to supply these potentially lethal substances.

“We are watching and listening to your every move – you have been warned.”

Reporting information about drug-related crimes

Anyone with any information is strongly advised to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and speak to Force Control.

Always dial 999 if you need help in an emergency.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, please call the Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Signs of drug dealing may include

Increase in the number of visitors at any time of the day or night

Increase in the number of cars stopping for short periods of time

Antisocial behavior at the facility

Not seeing a resident for an extended period of time

Drug-related garbage – plastic bags, syringes

Closed windows or closed curtains for long periods of time

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