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Woman Sentenced Was 'habitual Cannabis User'

ICSurrey, 19th June 2006

A LEATHERHEAD woman convicted of possessing controlled drugs and cultivating cannabis has been sentenced by Redhill Magistrates Court.

Magistrates have ordered Clare Brigg, 27, of Copper-fields, to perform 40 hours of unpaid work in the community supervised by a probation officer.

At the hearing on June 1, the court was told that police raided the defendant's home on October 14 last year.

Sandeep Gupta, prosecuting, said that Surrey Police had received intelligence concerning the supply of drugs and a warrant was obtained allowing officers to search the defendant's home.

They entered the Copperfields home at number 33 and found the defendant at the address with her young daughter.

Police made a thorough search of the property and a number of bags were taken away.

The bags were found to contain 139.53 grammes of cannabis, Mr Gupta said.

Five cannabis plants were discovered growing in a spare room.

Officers also seized 1.24 grammes of cocaine.

Mr Gupta said the defendant was interviewed and gave a statement.

"She told police she was a habitual cannabis user and smoked every day."

At an earlier hearing, on April 6, the defendant was convicted of possessing a controlled drug (cocaine, class A); possessing class C drugs (cannabis); and cultivating five plants.

She had admitted the allegations.

In her defence, it was said that Brigg had been in an abusive relationship. Drugs had become part of her life and the misuse had escalated.

The court was also told she had not been in trouble before and that she had a daughter aged three.

After retiring to consider the sentence, bench chairman Mrs Carolyn Lemon said: "This is the last chance you will have to get your life back in order."

As well as the community punishment, forfeiture of the drugs was ordered and the destruction of the plants found at her home.

The defendant was also ordered to pay £108 costs.

Mrs Lemon urged the defendant not to miss any appointments with the probation officer or she would be back in the dock.

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