Bassetlaw great-grandmother resorted to selling drugs after she was evicted

A Bassetlaw great-grandmother who resorted to selling drugs after she was evicted from her home has been sentenced at the crown court.

By Tim Cunningham
Friday, 30th July 2021, 11:50 am

Police officers raided Pamela's Smith's Harworth home on September 19, 2019, and seized 36.6 grams of amphetamine and 10.5 grams of cannabis, worth a total of £450, said prosecutor Anthony Cheung.

A mobile phone containing messages requesting and offering to sell cannabis was also discovered, but Smith denied dealing the drug when she was interviewed.

The court heard she has seven previous convictions for 12 offences, dating back to possession of drugs in 1988, and was last in trouble in 2011.

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Experts said that the amount seized could be for personal use or onward supply, Mr Cheung added.

Smith, 60, of Cambridge Road, Harworth, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis, and possession of cannabis and amphetamine.

Recorder William Harbage QC told her: "You are 60 years of age now – really of an age when you ought not to be appearing in the crown court.

"It seems your involvement was to supply your own habit. You do have previous convictions - all of them ten years ago at least.

"It seems you came into this because you were evicted from your home of many years and you sought solace with cannabis as a coping mechanism.

"I am told you no longer use cannabis. I accept you are remorseful."

He imposed a 12-month community order with ten days of rehabilitation. The drugs were forfeited and destroyed and she was ordered to pay £250 costs.

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