Grantham court: Woman tried to send heroin via Post Office

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A woman who attempted to post heroin via the Post Office and then hid the remainder in her vagina appeared in court.

Lisa Gill, 45, of Trent Road, Grantham, pleaded guilty to being knowlingly concerned in the exportation of heroin at the Post Office on Dysart Road, and to being in possession of a quantity of the Class A drug on April 14.

Prosecutor Marie Stace described how as seen on CCTV Gill went into the Post Office at 3.29pm with a red envelope and was served by a member of staff. They noticed that Gill appeared agitated, and asked her to put her address on the back of the envelope which was addressed to the Isle of Man.

However, Gill’s writing was illegible and after she left the staff who were suspicious of the bulging envelope’s contents called the police and it was opened to find a card with a substance wrapped in foil.

They were able to identify Gill quickly on CCTV due to her “distinctive hairstyle”, and officers attended her property where she was upstairs leaning out of a window.

While being taken into custody, Gill said ‘I hold my hands up to it’. She was then strip-searched during which officers noticed something shiny and discovered that Gill was attempting to hide another foil strip containing about 2.18 grams of heroin in her vagina.

About 3.5 grams of heroin was identified in the envelope, with an estimated value of £110.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, described it as “quite a bizarre offence” and explained that Gill was “doing a friend a favour, not realising the consequences”.

He detailed how Gill’s friend who lives on the Isle of Man and whose address is now known to police, had been taking heroin following a sailing accident when they fell from a mast and broke their back. This friend had been staying with Gill, but on returning home asked the defendant if they could send the heroin to them that had been left in Grantham.

Unsure what to do, Gill decided to hide the drug in a card, with Mr Pye-Smith highlighting to magistrates that his client clearly wasn’t thinking straight given that she could have just put it in a letter box rather than going to the Post Office in person.

He added that Gill had kept some heroin to prevent the letter getting too bulky, and on seeing police arriving at her address panicked and put it in her pants.

Mr Pye-Smith concluded it was “a serious misjudgement”.

Kiran Patel, of the Probation Service, told the court that Gill had not committed any drug offences since 2009. She had previously offended because of an abusive relationship. The court heard she was on a methodone script but had not been a heroin addict for four years.

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order to include 150 hours’ unpaid work. She was also ordered to pay a criminal charge of £180, a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85.