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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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North Cumbrian woman sentenced for importing illegal drugs

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

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. The 6.5kg of the drug had a street value of £130,000, say police.

Carlisle Crown Court heard, at a previous hearing, police believe several other packages could have been delivered without being intercepted before then.

Prosecuting barrister Tim Evans said there was a suspicion that as much as 19kg might have been involved.

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.

She was yesterday sentenced to 23 months in prison, suspended for two years.

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.

After the sentencing, 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."

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