Defendant claims drugs were bought “on tick” for her and her addict partner.
Kathleen Love (24) appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on October 15 in connection with supplying diamorphine from her home at 13 Victoria Road, Falkirk.
Police officers received intelligence that Love was dealing with her partner and carried out a search of the property where they found £1200 worth of heroin.
However, she claimed that drugs were bought “on tick” for her and her addict partner.
Defence solicitor William McIntyre said: “Miss Love lives with her partner, who was the former co-accused in this charge.
“The drugs were one month’s supply for both of them. It was bought that day and police were tipped off. The value of drugs is debatable because they are cheaper when bought in bulk.”
Mr McIntyre admitted Love had used a similar explanation in another court appearance but said there was nothing to suggest they were selling to third parties. He said she was turning her life around and had now secured part-time work with an agency and was no longer homeless.
He added: “She is in a stable relationship, although he is also a drug user which may not seem ideal, but she is getting on with things. In short, she is doing much better and I would urge you to deal with this without sending her into custody.”
Sheriff Linda Smith asked if Love was on the methadone programme or if she was still using drugs and Mr McIntyre admitted she was still using after being removed from the programme for abusing drugs while receiving methadone.
Sentencing, Linda Smith said she was just convinced not to send Love to jail.
Sheriff Smith said: “You have appeared in court umpteen times and been given umpteen chances to get yourself sorted out but you have not taken any of them.
“Well this is your last chance.
“I am giving you the chance to take the help available and get off the drugs.
“You say you spend £70 per week on drugs so I will impose a substantial fine. Then you might find you don’t have the money to buy drugs.
“I had in my notes that I was sending you to prison, so I hope you appreciate how close you were to going to jail. This is your final chance, so I suggest you take it.”
Love will pay £2500 at £30 per week and will go to jail for 45 days if she misses one payment. “