A HEROIN-DEALING granny who stashed bags of drugs in her bra has been given five months to keep out of trouble.
Antoinette Heap (49), an addict for 20 years, had a £200-a-week habit she could not afford on her £120-a-fortnight benefits. She claimed she bought heroin in bulk and supplied known users to pay for her habit, for two weeks, Burnley Crown Court heard.
Mother-of-two Heap, who has already served three years behind bars, was now said to be on Methadone and cleaning up her act. Judge Jonathan Gibson deferred sentence until June.
The defendant, of Pine Street, Burnley, was said to have taken overdoses in the past four months. She admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply, possessing amphetamine and cocaine and asked for an offence of possessing heroin with intent to supply to be considered.
Mr David Macro (prosecuting) said, in November, Heap was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting and when she was searched at the police station officers found 26 wraps of heroin, worth £260, in her clothes. A wrap of cocaine fell from her jumper and several bags were found in her bra. Police also found digital scales with traces of heroin on them and £120 cash at her home.
Mr Macro said that Heap’s mobile phone was seized and on it were 11 drug-related text messages. The defendant told police the drugs were for her own use. She said that she used a couple of bags of heroin a day, but got £120-a-fortnight in benefits.The court was told Heap was later stopped for shoplifting and had six wraps of cocaine and one of amphetamine on her. She had a record going back to 1978.
Mr Ken Hind (defending) said Heap had not had a good start in life and suffered domestic violence. “She has reached a stage perhaps, at the age of 49, when stock has to be taken of the way we behave,” he said.Mr Hind said the defendant had had a £20 to £30-a-day habit. She had been dealing for a short time, on a low level. Heap had been taking heroin as she had hepatitis B and treatment meant she could not take painkillers. She took the drug to give her relief. She was now on Methadone.
Jonathan Gibson told the defendant: “You are not a dangerous offender. You are not a major drug dealer.” The judge said there was nothing to be lost in deferring sentence for five months.