A WOMAN who illegally peddled prescription-only medication has been spared an immediate prison sentence.
Katie Davidson was caught out as police raided an address at Caldbeck Road in Carlisle at dawn on January 20, 2019, and executed a search warrant. Blister packs of anti-anxiety drug diazepam were found in a front bedroom wardrobe along with a quantity of sleeping pill zopiclone.
A drugs expert concluded their total potential value was up to £3,660, while a mobile phone seized from 35-year-old Davidson was analysed and revealed damning drug trafficking messages.
After making no comment in interview, she later admitted being concerned in illegally supplying the class C drugs between October 7 of 2018 and January 19, 2019.
Carlisle Crown Court heard Davidson suffered from a “catalogue of serious health problems”. And, taking into account her guilty pleas, the time elapsed since the offences and, in part, the pain caused by an ulcerated leg, Recorder Andrew Nuttall suspended a six-month jail term for a year.
The judge observed her criminal record of 78 offences spanning 18 years was “shockingly lengthy”, but added: “Maybe, just maybe, it is a start for you not to come back before these courts.
Recorder Nuttall ordered Davidson, now of Stonegarth, Carlisle, to complete a rehabilitation requirement and warned her any breaches would most likely result in her being sent immediately to prison.