A Hatfield mother who was caught with crack and heroin in her home was given a suspended jail sentence 25th Feb.

The 44-year-old and her daughter, who were both Class A drug users, were arrested last August for allowing drugs to be dealt from their home.

Prosecutor Michael Harrison told St Albans crown court that the mother told the police: “Boys forced their way in and won’t leave. I don’t know what to do.”

1.25 grams of heroin, with a street value of £110 to £190, was found along with 6.5 grams of crack with a street value of £650.

When she was arrested the mother tested positive at the police station for cocaine.

The woman pleaded guilty to allowing her premises to be used for the supply of Class A drugs. No evidence was offered against her daughter. 

Alex Britton, defending, asked the judge to pass a suspended sentence with a drug rehabilitation requirement. 

Recorder Jeremy Benson QC agreed and told her: “I am not going to send you to prison, but if you had not allowed your premises to be used, the lives of dealers would be made more difficult.” She replied: “Thank you.”

He passed a 6 month jail sentence suspended for 2 years, with 12 months’ supervision. She must take part in a 12 month drug rehabilitation course. 

The judge also ordered that the drugs and drug paraphernalia found at her home were destroyed.