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THE BLUES BOTHERS; Guilty of drugs deal because she believed it was Valium BEHIND BARS WOMAN CAUGHT WITH LEGAL PILLS.

Byline: RORY CASSIDY reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A WOMAN is facing up to five years in jail for drug-dealing after being caught with 10,000 legal tablets.

Kelly Anne Kerr was found in possession of 9979 etizolam tablets, which are said to be more addictive than heroin.

Addict Kerr, 37, thought they were diazepam, sold as Valium and also known as "blues".

She told her angry partner during the raid on their home in Paisley in May she had bought them because of "boredom" while watching reality TV shows.

Etizolam, although similar to diazepam and more powerful, is not listed as a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

But because Kerr believed the pills to be illegal diazepam, she was accused of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug.

At Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday, she pled guilty to the charge.

She admitted she "did attempt to be concerned in the supply of etizolam" which she "believed to contain, but which did not in fact contain, a controlled drug, namely, diazepam".

Kerr's girlfriend and co-accused, Sarah Jane Elliot, was cleared of all wrongdoing when her not guilty pleas were accepted.

They had both also been charged with possession of cannabis at their home, and Elliot was accused of having cannabis on her at Greenock police office.

Scot Dignan, prosecuting, said the tablets were found when officers raided the home Kerr shared with Elliot in Paisley's Thrushcraigs Crescent on May 5 this year.

He told the court: "At around 10am, a small knotted polythene bag containing blue tablets was found in a bedside table in the bedroom.

"The accused Kelly Anne Kerr said, 'That's my side of the bed, so I'll put my hands up to it.' "A large foil bag containing a large quantity of blue tablets was also seized in the bedroom.

"The accused's partner then referred to Kelly Anne Kerr as a daftie and said she had 'done f*** all wrong' and claimed she didn't know anything about it."

A third bag of the tablets was then found and Kerr accused the police officers raiding her home of setting her up.

She said: "Another yin!? Get tae f***, you've pit them there - the wee ones are mine."

Kerr and Elliot were left in the living room of the property and were caught on video talking as the officers continued to search their home.

Elliot said to Kerr: "What did you go and do that for - go and buy Valium?" Kerr replied: "Boredom - it's boredom. See when you're sitting here watching Housewives."

Elliot then snapped: "F****** big bags of Valium."

The drugs were seized and sent off for forensic examination as police also believed they were Valium.

But Dignan explained: "They were in fact another substance - etizolam."

He said the tablets, which will be destroyed, were valued at 50p each, meaning the haul had a street value of PS4989.

Defence solicitor James Arrol said he had spoken to a drug expert who said the tablets were actually worth as little as 2p each when bought in bulk, meaning the 10,000-pill haul was worth much less than claimed.

He said Kerr was using the highly addictive pills herself but she had been supposed to be looking after them for someone else.

He explained: "She had a very serious addiction to benzodiazepines. She was holding them for someone else and was dipping in and out of them.

"Etizolam is not a controlled substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

"There has been a raft of cases recently where police are stopping people with drugs they think are diazepam, then they find out it is etizolam and the case goes no further.

"When she was remanded in custody she had to undergo a very significant and difficult detox in prison. She was tested for diazepam but it was not showing up" Arrol asked Sheriff Susan Sinclair to call for a drug treatment and testing order assessment.

She agreed and adjourned the case until next month for that to be done.

Sheriff Sinclair said: "She is holding on to something thinking it's a Class A, B or C drug when it's not.

"I think this case requires quite a bit of consideration on my part."

Many have been freed when cops find out that pills are not Valium LAWYER

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ILLEGAL A haul of Valium tablets, known as blues

CHARGED Kerr, front, with her partner Sarah Jane Elliot
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