A WOMAN who was twice caught dealing hard drugs from her home has been jailed for three years.
Police arrested Michelle Wray for dealing heroin from her terraced house in Sheriff Street, Hartlepool last December and released her on bail.
She was caught dealing the class A drug again six months later after police spotted a user buying a fix through the letter box.
Wray was caught red-handed in the two raids with drugs with a street value of around £1,000 and more than £800 in cash.
Police first raided the house on the afternoon of December 6 looking for drugs.
Wray, who was sat on the sofa, said: “‘You’d better have this’ and handed over her purse containing 10 grams of heroin with a street value of £520 plus £545 cash.
Victoria Lamballe, prosecuting, said: “A piece of paper on which names and figures against it was found in the living room and appeared to be a dealer’s list.
“Two mobile phones belonging to the defendant were examined and a number of texts containing references to drug dealing were recovered from them.”
Wray was released on bail but police raided the house again on June 25 after an officer noticed someone buying a wrap of heroin through the letter box.
Officers had to force their way through a reinforced front door.
They again found Wray sitting on the sofa in the living room with a blanket covering her.
Just over nine grams of heroin worth £435 was found stashed in a children’s toy egg that Wray had intimately hidden on her body.
Wray admitted two counts of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply and possession of a small amount of cannabis.
Andrew Teate, mitigating, said Wray had been a drug user for several years before becoming a street-level dealer.
He said: “When she got indebted to an individual she took the stupid decision to try and make good by supplying others.”
Jailing Wray, Judge Peter Bowers said: “I have read your letter and the pre-sentence report and both paint a sad and typical picture which I see too often of someone who is gripped by addiction and is desperate for money to feed that addiction.
“This is the longest sentence you have ever had.”