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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Cumbrian mum jailed for importing drugs

A mother of two has been jailed after being caught red-handed importing the illegal and potentially deadly drug known as plant food.

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Leanne Rossi

Leanne Rossi, 38, who has never been in trouble with police before, admitted buying four batches of mephedrone from Holland over the internet.

Beccy McGregor, prosecuting, described how police intercepted a suspicious package bound for her Cleator Moor home.

It contained 50gms of the class B drug, which police recovered when they raided her home. They found another 10gms of plant food, plastic bags with traces of white powder, cannabis, and a set of digital scales.

“Police confirmed that the mephedrone was worth £1,254, and in her interview the defendant was frank in her admissions,” said Miss McGregor. “She admitted she had imported the powder, which she believed to be mephedrone and had researched it using a laptop.”

She told police she had placed four orders for the drug over the previous six months, being paid £100 by a contact on each occasion.

She was also given some of the mephedrone for herself so she could sell it among her circle of friends.

She had ordered a total of 200gms of plant food, saving money she made for Christmas, said Miss McGregor.

Rossi, of Sea View Place, who has two grown-up sons, admitted three offences: fraudulently evading the prohibition on importing mephedrone; possessing the drug with intent to supply; and possessing cannabis.

Her barrister, Marion Weir, said her client had been particularly anxious about the effect of the case on her parents, particularly her father, for whom she had been a carer.

She said Rossi was “isolated socially”.

Jailing her for one year, Recorder David Williams said: “It is a matter of considerable regret to this court that a 38-year-old lady falls to be sentenced for this offence involving drugs.

“You have got yourself into something you should not have contemplated.

“I’m not sure we have the full picture in any case.”

As he announced the sentence, there were expressions of disbelief from the defendant’s relatives in the public gallery.

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