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Blackburn drug user has charges reduced
3:24pm Tuesday 16th October 2012 in News
A 49-YEAR-OLD woman got herself in hot water because she didn’t want her family to know she had started using drugs again.
Blackburn magistrates heard that when police caught Anne Margaret Higson in possession of a wrap of heroin and a wrap of cocaine she told them she had bought it to sell to a friend.
But her explanation resulted in a charge of possession with intent to supply which was initially directed to the Crown Court.
Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said the Crown was now prepared to reduce the charges to simple possession “She has said that it was because she was ashamed to have started taking drugs again and didn’t want her family to know that she made up the story about supplying it to a friend,” Miss Allan said.
“She thought it better to say she was supplying to someone else rather than using herself which resulted in the more serious charge.”
Bernard Horne, defending, said his client had got herself in more trouble than she needed to be in. “Fortunately, the correct charge is now in place and an appearance at the Crown Court has been avoided,” he said.