Former history teacher and mother-of-two, 38, who became a ‘county lines’ cocaine dealer after her marriage collapsed is finally arrested by police after nearly four months on the run
- Angela Davey was once a hard-working history teacher at a Norwich school
- But her life fell apart after her marriage ended and she got into class-A drugs
- 38-year-old became one of Norfolk’s ‘most wanted’ after going on the run
- She has now been caught in London and faces jail for her drugs gang role
A former history teacher who fell into drugs and got caught up in a county lines gang has been arrested after going on the run rather than face jail.
Angela Davey’s life spiralled out of control as she descended into drug abuse following the break-up of her marriage.
The now-38-year-old became homeless and destitute, selling her £280,000 house and running up a string of debts to fund her Class A drugs habit.
The mother-of-two ended up in court, admitting cocaine dealing in October, but went on the run rather than face jail and suffered the ignominy of being named as one of Norfolk police’s ten most wanted people this week.
Davey has been now caught by London’s Met Police and faces a jail term for her role in the drugs gang.
Angela Davey went from a history teacher to an on-the-run cocaine dealer. She has now been caught by London’s Met Police
The once hard-working history teacher is said to have been ‘coerced’ into taking hard drugs by a man she met on dating app Tinder.
Three fellow members of her county lines gang have been jailed for a total of 11 years.
But Davey did not show up in court to be sentenced for her part in a conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Davey appeared shaking and suffering from drug withdrawal symptoms in a five minute hearing this afternoon at Norwich Crown Court
Her lawyer told the court: ‘She has accepted that she is withdrawing from drug use. It seems to me that in order to make progress in this case, it ought to be adjourned.’
Her father David Wilkes, 65, said earlier this week: ‘The Angela Davey the police are looking for is not the Angela Davey who is my daughter. She is a loving, caring mother.’
Davey’s father said she completely changed after her marriage ended and she got into drugs
Mr Wilkes said her life changed with the collapse of her marriage. ‘She was absolutely devastated,’ he added.
‘Her whole world crashed down around her. We believe she was vulnerable at the time all this happened. Her whole persona changed. She lost control of everything.’
Davey was arrested for dealing cocaine last February when she was living in a camper van.
She admitted the charge at Norwich Crown Court on October 15, by which time she was sleeping in a tent.
Her gang was targeted in a major police operation which tackled county lines crime, where drugs are shipped from cities to smaller towns – often by vulnerable people coerced into becoming mules and small-time dealers.
Richard Potts, prosecuting, told Norwich Crown Court on Monday that the phone line Mrs Davey’s associates used to peddle drugs had sent out ‘bulk text messages’ to hundreds of addicts.
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