A WOMAN has told a jury she knew nothing about a bag of illegal drugs which was found by police at her Carlisle home.

Sharnee Dawkins, 29, is one of three people on trial at the city’s crown court, where she gave evidence yesterday.

Dawkins, along with Carlisle man Daniel Brennan and 19-year-old James Bailey, of Skelmersdale, deny one charge. This alleges conspiracy to supply class A drugs between June and November last year.

Jurors have heard that 13 people - nine from Cumbria and four from the Liverpool area - admit being involved in a “county lines” distribution plot.

Through this, heroin and crack cocaine are said to have been trafficked from Merseyside by gang members to Cumbria for supply to addicts.

Dawkins’ Crummock Street home was visited by police on October 15. A bread bag containing heroin and crack cocaine was found on a kitchen breakfast bar, along with drugs packaging in a refuse sack.

Asked in court whether she had ever seen that bread bag before police arrived, Dawkins replied: “Never had noticed it, never seen it. No.”

Three days before, she had allowed a man who later admitted being part of the plot - Liverpool-based Christopher Westwell - to stay at her house for a night.

Westwell - along with two other conspirators, Carlisle residents Peter Bryson and Heather Wills - had called at her address on October 15 shortly before police arrived.

As Westwell bolted amid a flurry of activity when officers entered after twice knocking loudly, Dawkins recalled thinking: “Everybody knows something but me.”

Her lawyer, Tariq Khawam, asked: “Can you please tell the jury: were you involved in any agreement to supply drugs?”

The mum-of-two responded: “No. I know nothing about drugs.”

Asked whether she knew Westwell, Bryson and Wills were involved in an arrangement to supply illicit substances, Dawkins replied: “No.”

Jurors have heard she has no criminal convictions to her name. The trial continues.