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Drug-dealing Flintshire mum-of-three jailed after blowing 'very last chance'

Published date: 21 April 2017 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A single mother-of-three, who “threw away her chances” after being given two suspended prison sentences, was jailed on Thursday.

Georgia Felicity Roberts received an 18-month jail term at Mold Crown Court after a judge told her she did not realise how lucky she had been.

Roberts, 26, of Crossways, Ewloe, had received a suspended prison sentence for supplying heroin and cocaine and then received a further suspended sentence for drug driving.

But she was back in court yesterday for a second breach of the suspended sentence and the Recorder Wyn Lloyd Jones told her there was now no alternative to immediate imprisonment, 

“You have thrown away the opportunities given to you by the court, not once but twice,” the judge told her.

“You have let yourself down, you have let your family down and you only have yourself to blame. This is no one else’s fault.” 

The only course open to him now was to activate the suspended sentences but he said he would reduce the term she had to serve to 18 months.

She had been “extremely lucky” to receive suspended sentences in the first place because she had committed such serious offences.

“Class A drugs are a serious problem in our society. They destroy lives, they destroy families. 

“You are a classic example of that,” he said.

Sarah Badrawy, prosecuting, told the court that in November last year Roberts received a 22-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine.

As part of that sentence she was placed on a drug rehab programme.

In January she received a further suspended prison sentence for drug driving.

In December she had breached the order by failing to attend appointments and had now admitted a further breach of the order.

Phillip Clemo, defending, said her client had been under a great deal of stress.

Her father suffered a heart attack in December and required open heart surgery.

Having received a suspended sentence for the drugs offences, she stupidly committed an offence of drug-driving and social services became involved with the family.

Her marriage broke down after Christmas and two of her children lived with her estranged husband and another child with her, assisted by her mother.

She then faced eviction for rent arrears but was being assisted by a tenancy support officer and a debt relief order was being organised.

Her use of cocaine had stopped, her use of heroin had reduced, and she was on a methadone prescription.

She was now getting her life in order. A lot of assistance was being offered to her and he said that unusually he would suggest a further chance because she had the opportunity of getting out of the awful rut she had found herself in.

Roberts was receiving targeted, professional intervention to help her take control of her life where she was no longer dependent on drugs, he said.

l In November a court heard how a car which crashed on a country road between Mold and Leeswood was found to have a drug dealer’s list inside a pink diary.

A police operation was launched and hired and stolen vehicles were seen bringing cocaine and heroin to the Mold and Wrexham areas from Liverpool.

It emerged that local drug users had been recruited by pushers to sell dangerous drugs on their behalf.

Five people who admitted being involved in the supply of the class A drugs were sentenced and Roberts received a suspended jail term.

She had no previous convictions and was recruited to help others.

Then in December, Mold Crown Court heard she was found to be 30 times the limit for a metabolite of cocaine while driving just days after she received the suspended prison sentence.

A judge told her she was being given her “very last chance”.

He would not send her to prison immediately and he said he hoped she would take advantage of the help available to her to rid herself “of these awful drugs.” 

She was said to be drowsy and had two small children in the car at the time.

Roberts admitted driving with 26 microgrammes of cocaine in her blood compared to the legal limit of 10. She also admitted having a reading of 1,504 microgrammes of Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, compared to the legal limit of 50.

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