A trio accused of being part of an Eldene drugs line will give evidence next month so a judge can rule on who did what.

Aaron Betterton, Jack Parfitt and Samantha Lamb have already admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine last winter.

All three entered their guilty pleas on a basis, which was queried by both the judge and prosecutor Alec Small at a Swindon Crown Court hearing this week.

A tense sentencing hearing, which was attended by the defendants’ family and friends, had to be adjourned and Judge Peter Crabtree listed the case for a Newton hearing on September 7.

The purpose of the hearing will be to establish the extent of the trio’s involvement in the drugs trade. Unlike a crown court trial where 12 jurors decide whether someone is guilty or not guilty, at a Newton hearing a judge listens to the evidence alone.

Betterton, 19, of Bowleymead, and Parfitt, 18, of Rose Street, Rodbourne, appeared before the court via video link from HMP Bullingdon. They were remanded in custody. Lamb, 33, of Bowleymead, appeared in court in person.

The case follows raids last November in Bowleymead, when police seized an estimated £40,000-worth of class A drugs and a stash of suspected stolen goods worth £1,500, which included boxes of Haribo sweets and Lynx Africa deodorant gift sets.

Magistrates signed off a three month closure order in the wake of the raid, banning all but the tenant from living at the property.

Three young children, aged seven to 10, were inside the home when officers executed the warrant. According to court papers, drugs were found inside a child’s bedroom together with a knife apparently used to prepare the class A substance for sale.

Police said the drug dealing was linked to a supposed gang operating in Eldene. The group, which has been targeted by a number of police raids since the summer, has been likened to a home-grown County Lines gang.

PCSO Phil Day, community coordinator for east Swindon, told the justices: “The public feels frightened to venture outside of their homes within the area through fear of seeing or being indirectly exposed to drug related activity or other anti-social behaviour.”