Drug dealer’s fiancée who helped run county lines racket avoids jail after falling pregnant with his child just weeks before her sentencing

A drug dealer’s fiancee who helped him run a county lines trafficking racket has been spared jail after announcing she had become pregnant with his child – just weeks before she was due to be sentenced.

Bride-to-be Chloe Wishart, 25, and Peter Kelly, also 25, were arrested in July 2020 in a police swoop as they got off a train in Wigan.

Wishart concealed rocks of crack cocaine about her person before traveling 350 miles with Kelly to deal the items to addicts on the street.

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Wishart had a wad of £1990 in bank notes wrapped in cling-film whilst Kelly was in possession of £5000 made from street dealing.

The couple made thousands of pounds by making multiple 700 mile round trips from their home on Berwick Avenue, Southport, to Aberdeen in Scotland.

Pictured is Chloe Wishart with fiancee Peter Kelly

Inquiries revealed Wishart she had a previous conviction for obstructing police and having a knife after she tried to stop police carrying out a stop and searching on Kelly. He had previously been to prison for over three years after he was caught dealing heroin, cocaine and cannabis in South Wales.

At Bolton Crown Court, Wishart faced up to seven years jail under sentencing guidelines after she admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possessing criminal property but was freed with a two years imprisonment suspended for two years after revealing she was now 13 weeks pregnant with Kelly’s child.

Kelly, who appeared via video link from Forest Bank jail in Salford, was jailed for 44 months for the same offenses and was seen to whoop, cheer and wave his hands in celebration as sentencing was passed on both of them.

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Wishart was seen to grin widely outside court as she emerged with her supporters. The couple first appeared in court in December but it was not said when Kelly was remanded in custody.

Sentencing Judge Tom Gilbart told Wishart: ”This was persistent drug dealing on numerous occasions involving trips to another country and the court is required to view this seriously. But there have been changes in your circumstances.

”I accept you were influenced by your relationship with Peter Kelly and you are assessed as being naive and lacking in self-esteem and this seems to be at the heart of your offending. You are also in the first trimester of your pregnancy and face the prospect of giving birth in prison and then being separated from your young child.

Pictired outside court is Chloe Wishart

”You became involved through your immaturity and lack of sophistication, You were led by a partner who was more experienced in criminality than you. The most pressing feature of mitigation is that you are an expectant mother and immediate custody would have a significant harmful impact on you and your baby.”

Earlier Miss Betsy Hindle prosecuting said the couple were detained following a police surveillance operation conducted by both Merseyside and Greater Manchester Police targeting county lines drug dealers at train stations.

”The officers smelt cannabis ad stopped and searched the defendants. Three bundles of cash wrapped in cling-film was found in her handbag de ella as well as a Nokia and iPhone plus a train ticket from Aberdeen to Preston.

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”Kelly was found to have seven bundles of cash also wrapped in cling-film stored in a JD sports bag. When searched Kelly said; ”There’s loads, I’m f.ked.’ Officers also found a black mobile phone, till receipts from shops in Aberdeen.

”While waiting to be transported to a police station he said: ”This is not hers – this is all my mine. The phones were analyzed and one device from Wishart showed 24,000 pages of messages.”

Pictured is Chloe Wishart’s fiancee Peter Kelly

Police focused on Wishart’s messaging to Kelly’s phone which she had down as ‘My Lips Yunno’ in her contact book.

Miss Hindle added: ”They were discussing various drug deals and police found they had previously traveled to Aberdeen on June 5 stayed for two hours and returned that evening.

”They discussed trafficking drugs using drugs slang and there were a raft of messages between them about to arrive in Aberdeen. One message referred to how many rocks she could ‘slug’ and Kelly said he needed nine. In one exchange he tells her she would be picked up and to make sure she had pants on her.

”She was a willing participant and there was no pressure upon her in terms of involvement. She concealed drugs about her person de ella on multiple occasions at the requests of Kelly but there is no suggestion of any reluctance on her part of her. There was no evidence of threats or any pressure from her and he recruited her to traveled to Scotland on numerous occasions.

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Wishart and Kelly gave no comment in police interview.

At court Wishart had brought her overnight bag with her for the hearing but she left them outside the courtroom and the case then had to be interrupted whilst her bags were brought into the dock.

Chloe Wishart outside Bolton Crown Court

In mitigation for Wishart, defense counsel Tom Watson said: ”She doesn’t seek to minimize her actions or place the blame elsewhere. There was a very serious element of misplaced or misguided loyalty as far as she is concerned.

”She is extremely naïve and extremely immature and there are things that can be done to help her. This process had forced her to grow up and she knows she will not necessary expect to leave out of the door she came in.

”She is an extremely frightened and worried young woman but has come to court determined to face what she will face. It is clear that she was acting under a significant level of direction and control. Her understanding of what she was doing was clouded in immaturity. Her baby from her is due in August. She has shown a level of courage and bravery in reassuring the court she is very capable of rehabilitation.

Wishart was also to complete 40 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days and will be electronically tagged for four months under the terms of a 7pm to 7am curfew.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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