Doncaster woman jailed for dealing crack cocaine and heroin

A South Yorkshire woman who suffered 80 per cent burns after her tent was set on fire while she was homeless has been jailed for dealing drugs.

Thursday, 9th July 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Thursday, 9th July 2020, 8:19 am

Deborah Scott was stopped in Mexborough on June 5, 2019, and searched by police, prosecutor Angela Wrottesley told Sheffield Crown Court, on Wednesday.

Officers found 45 wraps of 86 per cent pure cocaine, valued between £450 and £900, four wraps of 34 per cent pure heroin, valued between £40 and £80, as well as £195 in cash.

She was released under police investigation, and stopped again, on July 9, 2019, when five wraps of heroin were found.

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Doncaster woman jailed for dealing crack cocaine and heroin

On November 16, she was arrested on Wath Road, Mexborough, with £94 in cash and a notebook containing names and amounts.

After a strip search, a condom containing 41 foil wraps of cocaine, worth £410, and 19 wraps of heroin, worth £190, was discovered.

A search of her home in Mexborough on October 15, last year, revealed £5 of cannabis in a grinder.

The court heard she has previous convictions dating back to 2001, when she was jailed for eight weeks for shoplifting.

Edward Moss, mitigating, said she was a street drug user, who, in 2015, was homeless and living in a tent with her partner when she suffered an "horrendous arson attack"

that left her with 80 per cent burns.

“She doesn't know why it happened,” he said. “She was left in significant pain. She took more and more drugs. Her partner left the scene. An organised crime group transferred the partner’s debt to her.

“All this offending falls within a very short space of time. She was a vulnerable person – she doesn't seek to blame anyone else.”

He said that since her remand in to custody in November, 2019, she has “clearly been making progress,” and was taking steps to tackle her drug habit.

Scott, 47, currently of HMP New Hall, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin, as well as possession of cannabis.

Judge Graham Reeds QC told her: “You were caught repeatedly and continued to commit offences.”

He sentenced her to five years in prison.

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