Heroin Found At Ely Woman's Home After Police Search

PUBLISHED: 10:51 30 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 04 May 2010

TEN wraps of heroin were discovered when police executed a drugs search at Lisa Riches Ely home. During the raid, officers had spotted Riches trying to throw nine tin foil wraps of the class A drug away, and another wrap was found by her bed. As a resul

TEN wraps of heroin were discovered when police executed a drugs search at Lisa Riches' Ely home.

During the raid, officers had spotted Riches trying to throw nine tin foil wraps of the class A drug away, and another wrap was found by her bed.

"As a result of intelligence, a search warrant was granted and executed at her premises on October 29," prosecutor Fred Sagoe explained at Ely courthouse on Thursday.

"After arrest she made full and frank admissions, the wraps belonged to her, for her personal use.

Riches, 39, of Springhead Lane, Ely, admitted possessing the class A drug in the city on October 29.

"She has been a long standing user of heroin, she has been using for about 20 years," said solicitor Nicholas Barnes. She became clean after a court appearance in May, but then relapsed.

"Recently she reconciled with her partner, and he moved into her address with her," said Mr Barnes. "He has a drug problem and she started to use drugs again.

"She and her partner now have a methadone prescription, so she is clean from illicit drugs.

Giving Riches a 12-month supervision order and ordering the forfeiture and destruction of the seized drugs, presiding magistrate Harvey Harrison told Riches: "You were clean until recently, until circumstances changed and you were influenced by other persons." Riches was ordered to pay £50 costs.


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