A drug addict who turned to dealing heroin has appeared in court more than two years after police carried out a raid of her home.

Gilleen Morris was found in possession of Class A drugs, prescription drugs, mobile phones and debt list when officers searched her Darlington home in May 2020.

The 44-year-old’s home was also littered with other drug paraphernalia including syringes and weighing scales, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Tabitha Buck, prosecuting, said charges against Scott Thurman were dropped after Ms Morris pleaded guilty to four charges connected to the illicit trade in drugs.

She added: “The property of the accused was subject of a police search during which several items were recovered including £700 in cash. Two mobile phones were seized and examined which showed a number of messages indicative of drug dealing.

“There were pictures of scales, the other man who was originally involved, a homemade pipe, a six-day dealing log and messages saying she has drugs to supply.”

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Morris, of Esk Road, Darlington, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin between April 14 and May 29, 2020; possession of 232ml of Class A drug methadone; possession of 43 tablets of Class C drug Buprenophine; and offering to supply amphetamine on April 15, 2020.

Victoria Lamballe, in mitigation, urged the judge to spare her client from immediate custody and follow the advice in her pre-sentence report.

Recorder Benjamin Nolan KC said: “Bearing in mind your problems and your own addiction, I am prepared on this occasion to suspend this sentence.”

Morris was sentenced two-years in custody, suspended for two years and ordered to take part in a 12-month drug rehabilitation requirement.

She was also ordered to attend 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

He warned the defendant that is she failed to comply with the court orders she would serve the two-years in custody instead.

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