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Texts catch female drug dealer

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Law Courts Swindon Law Courts

A WOMAN who was dealing amphetamines was caught by chance when police found suspicious texts on other people’s phones.

Officers had arrested two men in a car when they found the messages relating to Eleanor Free receiving a delivery.

And though the 23-year-old at first claimed it to be her clothes business she later accepted they were about drugs found at her house.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court the car with two men in was pulled over on November 2, 2012.

“There were suspicious text messages on their phone,someone called Ellie was awaiting a delivery,” she said.

Free, of Ferndale Road, initially denied a charge of possessing class B drugs with intent to supply but later admitted what she had done.

The court heard she had previous convictions but none for a number of years before her arrest.

Martin Wiggins, defending, said: “Miss Free is someone who has worked extremely hard to improve her life.”

Recorder Richard Onslow imposed a six-month jail term suspended for 18 months and told her to do 100 hours of unpaid work and attend a female offenders’ group.

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