Seven charged with drug and fire arms offences in James Turner Street, Birmingham
Seven charged with drug and fire arms offences in James Turner Street, BirminghamGoogle street view

'Black Dee' from hit Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street is one of seven Birmingham people whom police have charged with drugs and firearms offences.

Samora Roberts, known as 'Black Dee', 32, 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.

Police have charged six other people with similar drug offences following a series of raids carried out in James Turner Street, Winson Green, Birmingham, last year.

The street has become notorious since featuring in Channel 4's controversial documentary, which follows the lives of residents, 90% of whom, it is claimed, are on state benefits.

The drugs raids took place in June 2013 at a number of addresses in the street following concerns raised by the local community.

Samora Roberts
Samora Roberts, aka 'Black Dee'C4

The defendants living in James Turner Street include: Ian Wright, aged 38; Monique Walker, aged 28; Marvin Scott, aged 37; and Charlene Wilson, aged 29, who was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine).

Wright, George, and Wilson were charged with conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (cannabis). Wilson was also charged with possession of diamorphine.

Tina Thomas, aged 46, also of James Turner Street, Winson Green, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (cannabis).

Thomas was charged with possession of ammunition without a certificate.

The seventh defendent, Omari George, aged 20, of Dora Road, Handsworth, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine).

All have been bailed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on 6 February.

Benefits Street is Channel 4's most viewed programme for years, drawing an audience of 5.2 million for Monday's show.

Watch a trailer for Benefits Street below:

The entire series is available to watch in the UK via YouTube and 4OD.