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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Family tragedy triggered Barrow woman descent into heroin dealing

A BARROW woman who returned to drugs because of a family tragedy ended up being used for heroin deals, a court was told.

Annette Wright, who had got herself into debt, became involved in crime after receiving threats of violence.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court yesterday to possessing the Class A drug with intent to supply and was given a prison sentence of two years, suspended for two years.

She was given a 12-month supervision order, a six-month drug rehabilitation order and an order to do 250 hours of unpaid work.

Police carried out a search of Wright’s home in Tay Court, Barrow, on February 26, when they discovered the drugs.

Mrs Lisa Worsley, prosecuting, said one wrap of heroin was found on Wright. Twenty four wraps were also found in a bedroom.

Collectively, the drugs had a street value of £250.

The court was told the defendant had been dealing for around a month. Others had received orders for drugs and then Wright had been telephoned and told what to do.

Mr David Traynor, defending, said: “She was never paid for her efforts. She was strung along for a period of time.

“A £650 debt had built up due to her drug use. It was followed up with threats of violence against her and against her family.”

Mr Traynor said the death of a young relative last year had been a great shock to Wright’s family.

The defendant tried to get help for problems with depression but later ended up taking drugs again.

Her barrister added: “She saw her arrest as a relief. She was glad when things came to an end.

“With the right support she is unlikely to come before the courts again.”

The court was told that Wright had no previous convictions.

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