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Police found PS17k of drugs in playroom; Mum of two'turned blind eye'to use of her home.

Byline: ELWYN ROBERTS Daily Post Correspondent welshnews@dailypost.co.uk

POLICE found drugs with a street value of more than PS17,000 in the playroom of the home of a single mother of two.

Kim Bell, 52, of Whitecroft Close in Connah's Quay, admitted allowing a friend to use her home to produce amphetamine.

Mold Crown Court heard she only knew the man by his first name. She had "turned a blind eye" and had not realised the seriousness of it.

She had previously admitted allowing the production or attempted production of amphetamine between February and August 14 last year and yesterday received an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. Bell was also placed on supervision.

Emmalyne Downing, prosecuting, said police searched her home in August of last year and in the playroom officers recovered sufficient amphetamine and other items to make drugs with an estimated street value of PS17,687. Officers found five plastic tubs, four of them contained a yellow paste like substance and the fifth a white powder.

When Bell returned home an hour later she was arrested and said she had let a friend use her kitchen "from time to time". She said she did not know exactly what he was doing but "knew enough".

Bell said she believed he was mixing amphetamine but had not watched him doing it. Kate Meredydd-Jones, defending, said her cognitive functioning had not helped her understand the severity of it.

Judge Niclas Parry told her the aggravating feature of the case was "as plain as a pikestaff " the extremely large amount of drugs. "There was a potential for a very large profit," Judge Parry said. "You played an essential role. People like you are chosen because you are not going to be suspected.

"Only a custodial sentence can ever be justified where so much drugs are involved," he said.

But she had pleaded guilty at an early stage, her own vulnerabilities were obvious, it was clear she had been exploited by someone "who does not deserve to be called your friend" and it was obvious she was struggling as a single parent.

"For that reason, above all, it clearly makes sense for the inevitable custodial sentence to be suspended," Judge Parry explained to her, as she cried with relief.

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