A woman who fell into debt and took to being a drugs runner to pay back the debt was caught with £25,000 worth of cocaine after police stopped a taxi she was travelling in.
22-year-old Aneesa Ahmed was caught red handed with high purity cocaine in her bag by police in Audley.
Ahmed is believed to have become a drugs runner after running up debts with a drug dealer shortly after the breakdown of her marriage.
To wipe out the debts Ahmed began running drugs for the dealers but was caught red handed by police who stopped the taxi she was travelling in.
More then half a kilo of high purity cocaine was found in the vehicle.
Prosecutor Peter McCartney said police had stopped a taxi, which was registered in Rochdale, in Audley on March 23 just before midnight.
Mr McCartney said: “The defendant was in the rear seat. The police told her she was going to be searched for drugs.
“In her bag they found two packages wrapped in cling film and she was arrested.
“In the rear footwell they found another item wrapped in cling film.”
She was carrying 380 grams of cocaine which is believed to be of 90 per cent purity in her bag and a further 125 grams of cocaine was found in the footwell of the taxi.
Mr McCartney added: “In total, there was 505 grams of cocaine worth £25,000.”
Ahmed refused to answer any questions during the police interview and was charged with possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.
Craig MacGregor, mitigating, said the defendant was vulnerable.
Mr MacGregor said: “She lost her job and it was all on tick. When she asked for a couple of bags of ‘bud’ she was told she could wipe out a debt if she did this job for them. She was a courier.
“If she did not do this job they were going to get the £200 debt from her parents. That was the pressure she was under.”
Judge Paul Glenn said the offending was so serious only an immediate jail sentence could be justified.
Judge Glenn told Ahmed: “You were caught red-handed with a significant amount of cocaine, just over half a kilogram. It was high purity cocaine with a street value in excess of £25,000. It is quite likely it would have been diluted to further maximise the resale value and profit.
“I accept you were in debt to your dealer and were subjected to some pressure. I accept your role was a courier on this one occasion.
“Couriers play a very important role in the supply chain because their actions enable the dealers to remain undetected.
“You were involved in the onward supply of a highly addictive class A drug.”
She pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and has now been jailed for 28 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court..