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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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North Cumbrian woman imported illegal drugs

A woman has admitted being involved in the importation of thousands of pounds worth of illegal drugs.

Three parcels of mephedrone – a banned class B stimulant – were intercepted by customs officers after being sent to 45-year-old Anita Robertson’s home through the post last year.

But, Carlisle Crown Court heard, the police believe several other packages could have been delivered without being intercepted before then.

Prosecuting barrister Tim Evans said 2kg of the drug was in the parcels which had been intercepted, but there was a suspicion that as much as 19kg might have been involved.

No value of the drugs was given in court but in a similar case involving a Whitehaven drug dealer in March, mephedrone was said to be worth about £65,000 a kilo.

Robertson, of Waver Street, Silloth, pleaded guilty to fraudulently evading controls intended to stop the importation of the drug.

She also admitted possessing amphetamine for her own use.

Defence advocate David Wales said Robertson, whom he described as having “an impairment of cognitive ability” because of an injury, had been acting as a “warehouse” and would have been in possession of the drugs for only a short time.

He said she was receiving the drugs on behalf of someone else - whom she refused to name - and would have handed them over to that person almost immediately.

Robertson was remanded on bail and will be sentenced on May 1.

Judge Paul Batty QC, the honorary Recorder of Carlisle, told her lawyers to prepare a written document outlining the basis of her guilty plea within two days.

And he gave the prosecution until the end of the week to consider that document and decide whether they accepted it. If her claims are not accepted, she might be called to give evidence in support of her story before she is sentenced.

The judge also asked the police to draw up a report on the effects of mephedrone in west Cumbria – an area in which its use is said to be especially rife.

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