Motherwell drugs mum walks free

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A Motherwell mum has avoided a prison sentence on drug dealing charges – much to her surprise.

Tracy Allan turned up at Hamilton Sheriff Court with a suitcase full of her belongings as she expected to be locked up.

She left relieved, having been given a community payback order instead.

Allan (39), of Guthrie Court, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and amphetamine at her then home in Parkholm Court, Hamilton, on November 24 last year.

Her not guilty plea to a charge of being concerned in the supply of ecstasy was accepted.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard ecstasy with a potential street value of £26,000 was recovered from a safe in a wardrobe where Joseph Findlay, the boyfriend of Allan’s daughter, kept his clothes.

Officers had to use a hammer, a chisel and a jemmy to break into the safe. Bags of drugs, digital scales, a knife, playing cards and a mixing bowl were discovered. It was effectively a drug dealer’s kit, PC Gary Bone told Paula Russell, prosecuting.

Findlay, 20, denied being concerned in the supply of ecstasy at Allan’s home.

His DNA was found on a bag containing nearly half a kilo of the Class A drug, but he walked free when the jury returned a not proven verdict.

The court was not given details of Allan’s involvement with cocaine and amphetamine,and Sheriff Thomas Millar proceeded to sentence her after reading background reports but without hearing a plea in mitigation.

The sheriff said the charges were “serious” but he was prepared to impose a non-custodial sentence,and defence agent Elspeth Forrest promptly sat down without the need to plead for leniency.

Allan will be supervised for 12 months and must complete 200 hours of unpaid community work within the year.

Her daughter Montana Irwin (18), also of Guthrie Court, had her not guilty pleas to charges of being concerned in the supply of ecstasy, cocaine and amphetamine accepted.