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Heroin surprise inside Kinder egg

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

A woman convicted of hiding heroin wraps inside a Kinder egg has escaped being given a jail term.

Donna Rawcliffe had 10 wraps of the Class A drug in a Kinder egg.

Police also found that she was in possession of 15 temazepam and 20 diazepam tablets.

Preston Crown Court heard that she had kept her drug secret to herself and hid her drug use from her family.

The 41-year-old, of Mowbray Road, Fleetwood had been convicted after a trial in November of a charge of possessing heroin with intent to supply.

She had pleaded guilty to three charges of simple drug possession. The offences dated back to April 2012.

Elizabeth Nicholls, prosecuting, said police had been called to a KFC takeaway in Fleetwood where the defendant was under the influence of possible drugs.

She went on to be arrested and taken to a police station.

A quantity of drugs were found there. The defendant had a Kinder egg with 10 wraps of heroin, weighing 1.66 grammes, inside.

She was also in possession of the temazepam tablets and diazepam tablets, as well as £455 cash.

In interview she maintained the heroin was for her use only.

Julie Taylor, defending, said she had not committed any further offences since.

The defendant had used heroin for around five years, between 2002 and 2007, then started to use it again in 2010, without the knowledge of her family.

Her husband had taken his own life while in custody.

Miss Taylor said: “She kept her drug use very much to herself.

“She hid it from her family and hid it also from the authorities, not seeking assistance for it.

“Following her arrest she got herself drug free.

“She referred herself to the Community Drugs Team.

“She has maintained that drug free status.”

Rawcliffe was given 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision and 12 month drug rehabilitation.

In addition, she will be on a home curfew for three months, operating from 8pm to 6am each night.

Judge Stuart Baker told her that people who dealt in Class A drugs almost always go to prison.

She was a drug user at the time. There was no evidence she had supplied to other people.

He added the heroin in the case was a relatively small amount and there were elements in the case which enabled a suspended prison sentence to be passed.

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