Woman, 52, jailed for smuggling cannabis into Portsmouth

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A 52-YEAR-OLD woman has been jailed for 14 months for trying to bring £8,600 worth of cannabis through Portsmouth ferry port.

Fiona Hay was arrested after border agency officers found 7.36lbs (3.34kg) in the back of her car.

Hay, who lives in Spain, was bringing the class B drug to sell in the UK, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.

She was arrested in Portsmouth on April 11 and owned up to what she had done.

The drugs were packed in her suitcases in the boot of her estate car.

Howard Barrington-Clark, defending, said Hay’s sister had been left with brain damage following an accident as a child and Hay had blamed herself.

‘The defendant has carried the burden of that guilt since that time,’ he said.

He said Hay had mental health difficulties and needed money to pay for therapy.

He added: ‘Whilst in this country she has three friends. All three use cannabis.

‘On one of her journeys back she brought a small amount of cannabis with her and they asked “can you get us more”.’

He said she was given 5,000 euros to pay for the drugs and 1,000 euros for herself.

Sentencing Hay, Judge Richard Price described her as a crafty woman.

‘You did this in order to make money,’ he said.

‘You were going to sell to friends and acquaintances. You were somebody who did it for your own gain.’

He added: ‘It’s a serious criminal offence and when people bring drugs into the country with intent to supply then that is an even more serious offence.’