A drug-dealing mum was caught trying to get into a Hanley nightclub with cocaine.
Rebecca Redican tried to enter Gossip with the 3.5 grams of the Class A drugs hidden in a jar and her knickers.
The 34-year-old’s phone was seized which contained evidence linking her to the supply of drugs
Officers searched her home and found grip seal bags, scales and a small amount of cannabis.
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Now Redican has been sentenced to two years in jail, suspended for two years, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Joshua Purser said the defendant was refused entry into Gossip on June 29 last year.
Mr Purser said: “She was stopped by door staff. In her handbag was a jar of cocaine, separated into seven deals, weighing 2.81 grams, and a further deal of cocaine was found in her underwear.
“Officers attended the club and seized her mobile phone and a further wrap of cocaine. The total weight of the cocaine was 3.5 grams.
“She said she was selling to friends to fund her own use.”
Police searched the defendant’s house and recovered a large amount of grip seal bags, scales and a small amount of cannabis.
Redican, of Linda Road, Tunstall, pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply; supplying class A drug cocaine; and possession of a class B drug.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said it was ‘very low level dealing to a few friends over a very short period of time’.
He said she was taking cocaine at the time to try and help with her anxiety. Mr Holt added that the defendant, who has a teenage daughter, expects to lose her job as a result of her offending.
As part of the suspended sentence Redican must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 30 days and 200 hours unpaid work.
Judge Paul Glenn said: “When you were stopped entering the club you had a relatively small amount of cocaine, seven deals, which you accept you were going to be supplying onwards, and a further deal you were going to use yourself.
“You accepted you had supplied drugs the previous week. You admitted you had been responsible for weighing up and dividing the drugs. That was to enable you to get your own supply for free and to provide some funding when you were in pretty dire financial straits.
“You took a conscious decision to sell an addictive drug.
“It was financially motivated on a very small scale. The profits were limited, the amounts are limited. There is no suggestion of you influencing other people higher up the chain.
“You are the sole carer for your daughter. There is strong personal mitigation. If you went to prison it would have a harmful effect on her.
“I do take account of the effect of the current pandemic on those who receive custodial sentences.
“I normally send people to prison for this. Do not blow it.”
Redican was ordered to pay £300 costs.