9:47am Thursday 30th May 2013
EIGHT people accused of involvement with a £3.8 million mephadrone factory in Farnworth have appeared at Bolton Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.
The men and women face a range of charges relating to the sale of 313kgs of the drug through an online website — wide-mouth-frogs.com — run from an industrial unit in Bloomfield Road, Farnworth.
The premises, and several addresses in Greater Manchester, were raided by police earlier this month following a major investigation into what is believed to be the largest operation of its type since mephadrone, also known as bubble or miaow miaow, became illegal in 2010.
Paula White, aged 44, of Stafford Road, Monton, and Netta Hymanson, aged 62, of Circular Road, Prestwich, are both accused of conspiracy to supply class A, B and C drugs and two counts of money laundering.
They were both remanded in custody to appear at a plea and case management hearing at Bolton Crown Court on August 2.
Six other people have also appeared in court charged with conspiracy to supply Class A, B and C drugs and have been allowed bail to return to court on the same date.
They are: Aaron White, aged 20, of Croft Street, Salford; Christian White, aged 37, of Croft Street, Salford; Ian Mercer, aged 45, of Birch Road, Walkden; Michaela Doyle, aged 42, of Tenbury Close, Salford; Sheena Jessop, aged 45, of Barwood Lea Mill, Grants Lane, Ramsbottom; and Rudi Chiu, aged 24, of Masson Place, Hornbeam Way, Manchester.
© Copyright 2001-2014 Newsquest Media Group