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Mercy for heroin dealer

PUBLISHED: 23:29 15 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich drug dealer has narrowly escaped a prison sentence after she promised to give up heroin.

Pauline Flahant, of Downing Close, admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply it – an offence which usually results in a lengthy term in jail.

AN Ipswich drug dealer has narrowly escaped a prison sentence after she promised to give up heroin.

Pauline Flahant, of Downing Close, admitted possessing heroin with intent to supply it – an offence which usually results in a lengthy term in jail.

However, Judge John Holt, took the unusual step at Ipswich Crown Court of imposing a drug treatment and testing order on Flahant to ensure she remains heroin-free for at least two years.

Lindsay Cox, prosecuting, said police searched the 43-year-olds home in July and found 900 milligrams of heroin, more than £100 worth, a blade and a notebook containing records of heroin sold.

Flahant originally said the drugs were for her personal use as she had been an addict for some years.

She later confessed that she sold heroin to known users to pay for her own habit.

During yesterday's hearing, Judge Holt said despite Flahant's age and previous clean record, he frequently gave sentences of some years for this type of offence.

He said Flahant had persuaded the probation service that she intended to give up heroin in favour of the prescribed drug, methadone.

"If you breach these conditions it will be to prison you will go," he added.

Flahant is to be tested for heroin three times a week for two years.


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