Woman jailed for storing brother's drugs - Dunstable

26/10/2012

A woman who was duped by her own brother to store his stash of cocaine, has been jailed for 30-months.

Carol-Anne Drummond slumped to the floor of the dock at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 26 October 2012,  when she was sentenced.

She had pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, but had been convicted by a jury in July. She still maintained her innocence, the court was told.

The jury at her trial heard how police found 667 grammes of high strength cocaine in the wardrobe at her flat in Priory Heights, Dunstable on 12 January last year.

Judge Stuart Bridge told her: "The jury found that you were keeping those drugs for your brother and that on at least one occasion you noted the contents of a phone call for onward transmission to your brother in the course of his dealing.

"I accept that considerable advantage has been taken of you by your brother and considerable pressure was placed on you. You maybe have a misguided sense of loyalty but you continue to deny responsibility for this offence."

The Judge said he was taking into account that 38-year-old Drummond suffered from severe depression and had had an extremely difficult upbringing. He said testimonials said she was held in high regard by family, friends and members of the wider community.

He said: "However an immediate custodial sentence must follow and this is the lowest sentence I can pass."

Alex Ridley, defending said: "Her brother was taking advantage of her. She has been duped and a suspended sentence would be justified."

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