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Cumbria woman given 23-month suspended sentence for importing £130,000 of illegal drugs

A Cumbria woman has been given a 23-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to involvement in importing illegal drugs.

Anita Robertson, 45, of Waver Street, Silloth, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday.

Robertson had pleaded guilty to being involved in the importation of just under 6.5kg of mephedrone, which had a street value of £130,000.

Her sentenced has been suspended for two years.

Suspicions into Robertson’s illegal activity began when a package was received at Stansted airport for Robertson on July 29, 2013.

A Border Force officer opened the packaged and found a white crystalline substance, which was later confirmed to be a Class B controlled drug.

Another package was received in Coventry International Hub on August 13, 2013, again addressed to Robertson and containing a similar crystalline substance, which was later establish to be a Class B controlled drug.

Following investigation, police officers executed a warrant at Robertson’s home address in Silloth on August 21, 2013 and arrested her on suspicion of the importation of a controlled substance.

Enquiries were made into evidence found at her home address and it was established that she had received numerous packages over a seven month period.

She was subsequently charged on December 19.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Myers said: “Robertson believed that she could just receive these packages containing illegal drugs and get away with it.

“However, this case highlights that we are always checking on illegal activity.

“Once suspicious were raised, then it was only a matter of time before we brought her to justice.

“This investigation prevented a substantial amount of illegal drugs ongoing onto the streets and is another example of the continuing work by Cumbria Police, along with partner agencies to disrupt the importation and distribution of illegal drugs.”


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