New bride in court over £1k drug find

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A bride was caught in possession of hundreds of pounds of drugs the day after her wedding, a court has heard.

Police executed a warrant at Sarah Latham’s home and found a bag which turned out to contain more than 13 grammes of heroin.

Preston Crown Court was told that if broken down and sold in individual street deals, the powder could have been worth as much as £1,340.

Latham, 40, of Falkland Avenue, Marton, appeared for sentencing on a charge of possessing a drug with intent to supply which she had admitted.

Officers from the operational support unit in Blackpool had a warrant to enter her home on March 19 last year.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said two police officers searched Latham.

A bag containing brown powder was found on the floor. She tried to cover that with her foot.

The drugs had a wholesale value of £300-£450. But if sold in street deals, they could have been worth as much as £1,340 in all, the court was told.

Latham went on to tell police she had not used heroin for a number of months, up until the previous day. The court heard that was the date she was married.

She had stayed at the De Vere hotel, in Blackpool, that night before returning home with her husband next morning.

Police went on to search her address that day.

She had pleaded guilty on the basis that she would have given some of the drug to her husband and a lodger as well.

Peter Horgan, defending, said she and her husband were still taking medication to treat addiction. The defendant was still in daily contact with the Community Drugs Team.

“She is struggling with an addiction which has afflicted her for many years,” he said.

“At this stage she is highly motivated to try to stop using illicit drugs. She is trying to move her life on.

“She has convinced her closest relatives that she does want to battle this addiction and move her life on.”

Latham was given six months’ prison, suspended for two years, with two years’ supervision and 18 months’ drug rehabilitation.

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