A female drug dealer has been jailed after she was caught selling heroin and crack in Barnstaple twice in the space of two years.
Louise Woolston was on bail for the first drugs bust when she was caught by plain clothes officers who observed her with a group of local addicts in Bear Street.
She was operating with a young drug dealer from London who was caught with £2,070 cash hidden in his trousers. The pair had thrown away the drugs they were carrying but they were sniffed out by a police dog.
There were packages of heroin and crack which contained enough to make up more than 50 street deals and had a total value of £510.
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Woolston was nicked for the first time in August 2017 in an addict’s house in Park Villas with 18 wraps, worth £10 each on the street, and £260 cash from previous sales.
She was arrested again in Bear Street on June 1, 2019, while on bail for the first offence. The second case was still being investigated when she got a suspended sentence in October 2019.
The judge did not know about the June 1 arrest and was told that she had been forced into selling drugs by an abusive Albanian man who she had met at a party in London.
Mother-of-two Woolston, aged 21, of Undershaw Road, Bromley, Kent, admitted two counts of possession of class A with intent to supply and was jailed for three years by Judge Peter Johnson at Exeter Crown Court.
He told her: “You appeared at this court in early 2019 and initially pleaded not to the 2017 offences and were bailed. You were subject to that bail when you committed these offences on June 1, 2019.
“I was not aware of those offences when I sentenced you last year. It seems to me the mitigation that was advanced is substantially altered by the fact that your co-accused from 2017 was remanded in custody when you committed these offences.”
Mr Paul Grumbar, prosecuting, said Woolston was operating with two male dealers in Bear Street when they were observed by plain clothes officers.
She and another suspected dealer were chased down the road and discarded drugs which were later found by the police dog. They weighed 3.7 grams and had a street value of £510.
The man had £1,340 in his trousers and £730 in his underpants.
Miss Sunita Elliott, defending, said Woolston was exploited by a County Lines drug gang on both occasions but has worked well with probation and turned her life around since receiving the suspended sentence in October 2019.
She said these new offences do not put her in breach of that sentence because they were committed before it was imposed.