Louth grandmother jailed after heroin stash find

A Louth grandmother found with a stash of heroin at her home has been jailed for 18 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Sharon Simpson was arrested in November last year after police raided her property in the town and recovered drugs from the living room and bathroom.

Jonathon Dee, prosecuting, said a crack pipe was found in the living room. A total of 32 wraps of heroin were found during a search of the property including a number hidden in the water cistern in the bathroom.

Mr Dede said: “We say she was a street-level dealer who was dealing from her home address.” Simpson claimed she was only looking after the drugs for three men from Grimsby who asked her to store the heroin on behalf of a dealer. Simpson, 45, of Burton Court, admitted possession of 6.17 grammes of heroin with intent to supply on November 30 2011. She claimed she was pressured into looking after the heroin and only received it shortly before the police arrived. Simpson denied a prosecution suggestion another woman at the property when police arrived was there to buy drugs.

James McLernon, defending, said Simpson, a former drug user, became a grandmother six weeks ago. He said she has mental health problems including agoraphobia and depression. Judge Sean Morris rejected Simpson’s claim she was intimidated into looking after the drugs.