Littleport mum took out loan to buy heroin in Wisbech to last over Christmas, court told

PUBLISHED: 09:41 02 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:33 02 June 2010

A MUM took out a loan so she could buy heroin in Wisbech to last her over Christmas. Addict Suzanne Terriss and her husband Neil spent £350 on the Class A drug – but it was discovered when police raided their home. Ely magistrates were told by prosecutor

A MUM took out a loan so she could buy heroin in Wisbech to last her over Christmas.

Addict Suzanne Terriss and her husband Neil spent £350 on the Class A drug - but it was discovered when police raided their home.

Ely magistrates were told by prosecutor Laura Mardell: "When officers arrived, Neil Terriss grabbed a package from the kitchen table. An officer tackled him to the floor and he dropped the package. It contained a large amount of brown powder."

The parcel contained 13.8g of heroin, and a wrap found at their home in Friars Way, Littleport, contained a further 28mgs. The drug had a street value of £690.

"Both gave the same explanation," added Miss Mardell. "They took out a loan and bought half an ounce of heroin for £350 in Wisbech that afternoon."

Suzanne Terriss admitted she had an addiction, and the drug was bought for her to last her over Christmas, intending to top-up her methadone prescription.

Miss Mardell said: "Her husband had intended to split up the heroin, to make it last a month."

Unemployed Suzanne Terriss, 40, and her husband Neil, aged 53, admitted two offences of possessing the drug on December 11.

Jacqui Baldwin, defending, said: "She has been struggling with drug use for more than 20 years.

"Her husband does not use drugs at all. The drugs belonged to his wife, but he had them in his hand and clearly knew what they were.

"He agreed to get a loan and get a large quantity of heroin, so she did not have to score drugs or be poorly over Christmas."

Suzanne Terriss has got involved with a drug service, and has recently been tested negative for illegal drugs, added Miss Baldwin.

The couple were both fined £175 with £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.


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