A CHESTER mother has avoided jail after admitting storing drugs worth up to £65,500 for her dealer.
Joanna Elaine Adams, 37, of Canal Street, Chester, was given a 12-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to possessing class B drugs with intent to supply.
Prosecutor Simon Parry told Chester Crown Court Adams was found in possession of amphetamine on June 5 last year. She had effectively been “warehousing for dealers”, he said.
Mr Parry said Adams, the mother of a young daughter, had admitted personal use of amphetamine and had been in a “dire financial situation” due to large benefits deductions.
Adams told police her dealer had asked to store and manufacture the drugs at her home in the short term in return for a £100-a-week payment.
A total of 1.3 kilos of amphetamine sulphate was discovered with a street value of between £33,000 and £65,500.
Guy Dodd, defending, said Adams was not aware of the amount being stored.
The Recorder of Chester, Judge Elgan Edwards, suspended Adams’ prison term for two years because of her child.
She was also ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid community service and pay a £100 statutory surcharge.