A WOMAN has been spared jail despite being caught with more than £3,600 of Class B drugs in a lock up.
Donna Worthington, 38, of Stamford Road, Blacon, pleaded guilty to possessing Class B amphetamines with intent to supply after police found her fingerprints on bags of the drug in a lock up in Ellesmere Port.
Chester Crown Court heard police went to search a lock up at Ideal Storage in Ellesmere Port in June, which they had been told was being used to store drugs.
When they arrived they met with the manager who found the lock to the unit had recently been changed and he did not have the correct key. Police rang the person renting out the unit, Daniel Knight, who told them he would send down the person with the keys.
The court heard Worthington arrived and, while looking nervous, opened the unit where police found bags of yellow powder which were later found to be 736g of amphetamine with a street value of £3678 and a purity of six per cent.
She was arrested at the scene and Knight was arrested later and last week received an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Worthington initially pleaded not guilty to possession with intent to supply but changed her plea after the prosecution accepted her version of events, where she said she helped to split the drugs up into bags but only did it as payment for the amphetamines and did not sell any of the drugs.
The court also heard about Worthington’s criminal record of 12 convictions for 23 offences, with one previous conviction for possession with intent to supply Class B cannabis in 1997 and three offences of possessing amphetamines.
Howard Jones, defending, said Worthington had a significant drink problem and had made her make bad decisions. He said since her arrest she had taken steps to reduce her alcohol intake and worked well with probation to address her problems.
Judge Roger Dutton said he would suspend any sentence to give Worthington a proper chance to tackle her alcohol problem.
He said: “It is important the real issue of alcohol abuse is something you have now acknowledged and you have taken it seriously and shown an inclination to deal with it with probation.
“If you fail you will be brought back to this court to do something else which is likely to be prison. Make sure you do not come back.”
Judge Dutton sentenced Worthington to nine months in prison suspended for two years.
He ordered her to take a six month alcohol rehabilitation program and be kept under probation supervision for two years.