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Mother escapes jail after drugs found in her bra

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

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A MOTHER has escaped a jail sentence after being caught with cannabis hidden in her home, coat and bra.

The discovery was made when police got a warrant to search Paula McAllister’s house in Salisbury Drive, Midway, Derby Crown Court heard.

The 43-year-old admitted having cannabis with intent to supply on March 20 last year.

She was put on probation for a year and must pay a £60 government surcharge.

Judge David Pugsley said a probation report described her as a ‘hardworking caring person’, who had handled difficulties among her family. He told her: “There is a time for punishment and a time for compassion.

“This is a case where I fully accept the difficult situation you were in and the dogged determination you exhibited in trying to keep things on an even keel. I hope in the nicest sense we don’t see you again.

“You desperately need help,” the judge added. McAllister replied: “Thank you.”

Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, said officers carried out a detailed search of her home and found 28 bags of cannabis, weighing a total of 18 grams. “Drugs were found in her coat and a small amount in her bra,” he said.

It was accepted the cannabis would have been sold to family and friends only ‘on a limited scale’, added Mr Wolfson.

The judge was told McAllister’s son had just been jailed for burglary and that had added to her concerns.

Justin Ablott, mitigating, said: “She has a number of responsibilities she takes very seriously and has never been in court before.

“The whole process she has found extremely difficult. She will not be back before the court.”

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