A beautician from Dundee who was caught with nearly 900g of amphetamine narrowly avoided jail yesterday.
Dundee Sheriff Court also heard that Cally Henderson was found with enough bulking agent to make the drug up to 6,294g of street strength powder with a value of 62,940.
The court earlier heard police had been watching the 33-year-old, of Sandeman Street, for weeks before they searched her home.
Police discovered a carrier bag containing plastic and duct tape wrap which contained 888.1g of amphetamine, which was found to be of 14% purity when tested.
Officers also found a container in the kitchen cupboard with 324.6g of white powder, which was seized but tested negative for drugs.
Scales were also recovered and white powder on the scales was found to be caffeine.
In the bedroom, officers found 77.9g of pale yellow paste which tested positive for amphetamine with 2% purity.
From a cupboard, 820g of white lactose powder was also found.
Henderson’s mobile phone was seized and was found to contain texts regarding supplying drugs to individuals with varying amounts from 1g to 1,000g and internet searches for lactose, a common mixer for amphetamine, were also found.
The court heard the 888.1g package of the Class B drug contained 14% purity which was “significantly higher” than amphetamine on the streets of Tayside.
If bulked out, the quantity could have become 6,294.6g with an average purity of 2%, giving a potential value of 62,940.
Defence solicitor Jim Laverty told the court Henderson was “very remorseful”. He said: “Miss Henderson is no longer involved in the use of illicit drugs.
“It is clear from the terms of the background report she has been a useful member of society up until she was ensnared in the supply of amphetamine.”
Henderson admitted that between January 3 and 16, she was concerned in the supply of amphetamine, a Class B drug.
Sheriff Elizabeth Munro, sentencing, told her that she had avoided a custodial sentence by “a hair’s breadth”.
She said: “To reach the age of 33 and to have never been in any trouble at all with the police, it is very sad to see a woman like you standing here.
“I don’t think sending you to prison is going to do anybody any good including the public interest.”
Henderson was given a community payback order, ordering her to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work within one year.
She will also be supervised for a period of two years.