7:20am Tuesday 3rd January 2012
A 16-year-old girl who was in foster care was found with more than £17,000 worth of hard Drugs hidden in her bedroom.
The teenager had hundreds of wraps of heroin as well as a large quantity of unpackaged heroin, which is rarely found by the police.
Now the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has started a three year jail term after she said she had the drugs, which she was going to supply.
Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how she attracted the attention of a passing police officer on May 28.
The youngster appeared to be dealing in something when she was spotted in the Kingshill Road area and was found to have some cannabis on her when she was searched.
Officers then went to the home of her foster carer where they were told that shortly after she was arrested someone else had tried to con their way into the girl’s room.
Mr Meeke said the foster carer kept the other girl out and when the police arrived soon after they uncovered the vast haul of drugs.
They found 610 wraps of crack cocaine worth more than £12,000 along with more than 100 grams of heroin, with a street value of £5,250, and £740 in cash.
“She had a very large quantity of that which is very rarely encountered: unpackaged heroin ready to be cut and packaged,” Mr Meeke said.
“She was at the time 16 years of age. There is no evidence of any high lifestyle, no evidence of any great money.”
However in the days before her arrest the foster carer, who used to provide a small amount of pocket money, noticed the girl had not asked for any and had been spending.
The girl, who is now 17, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.
Con Fernandes, defending, said: “There is not much I can offer the court by way of mitigation for the offence itself.
“I think that she will appreciate that such is the value of the drugs, I accept it is not the sole determining factor, she accepts a custodial sentence is inevitable. She has not co-operated with community orders in the past.”
There was no evidence to suggest she had been street dealing, he said, and no mobile phone evidence: just the drugs.
He said the girl had grown up never knowing her father and had little to no guidance to learn right from wrong.
“She was allowed from an early age to get away with what she wanted,” he said.
Jailing her, Judge Douglas Field said: “Possessing class A drugs such as cocaine and heroin with intent to supply is treated by the courts as very serious because the drugs are so dangerous and they have such a terrible affect on the wide community.”
Speaking after the court case, Superintendent Gavin Williams said that the conviction should act as a warning to anyone involved in the distribution of drugs in Swindon.
He said: “The message I would like to convey is that drugs are deadly and they ruin people’s lives. Heroin, in particular, is an evil drug. Uncut, or pure heroin will almost always eventually lead to an overdose.
“I would like to say to all drug dealers in Swindon: your luck will run out and you will be caught.
“We take the issue of the misuse of drugs and the dealing and distribution extremely seriously.
“Drugs impact on the whole community and the affects are not just felt by those people who sell or buy them.
“In this case, the offender was a young girl, but I have no doubt she is part of a wider network of dealers and suppliers.
“I would always urge anyone who has information on the misuse of drugs to contact us immediately and all information will be handled in the strictest confidence.
“Wiltshire Police is available 24 hours a day on 101 or on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if wished.”
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