A trainee nurse who hid 'monkey dust' in her privates has avoided jail after being caught peddling the drugs twice in the space of a few months.
Lauren Colclough, 25, was arrested after she was found with cocaine, monkey dust, £525 cash, two sets of scales and three phones.
She was then strip-searched at the police station and 27.3 grams of monkey dust was retrieved from her privates, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.
Three-and-a-half months later she was found inside a Fenton drug den with £210 and 18 deals of monkey dust worth up to £380.
Now Colclough has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years, at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Prosecutor Steven Bailey said the defendant was a back seat passenger in a car stopped by police in Hollings Street, Fenton, on April 15.
Mr Bailey said: "The officer smelt monkey dust. In her handbag was a snapbag containing a quarter of a gram of cocaine with a street value of £25 to £30. There was also £525 cash, two sets of digital scales, one with traces of heroin, monkey dust and caffeine. There were two more bags of monkey dust weighing 1.72 grams and three phones.
"She was strip-searched at the police station and 27.3 grams of monkey dust was found in her private area. In total the drugs were worth £385 to £680."
Colclough told police she did not use monkey dust but did use £20 worth of heroin a day.
She was bailed but was found inside a drug den when police raided a property in King Street, Fenton, on July 29.
Mr Bailey said: "She was on the bed. Others had run from the house. It was a drug den. There was a large black handbag next to her and she was wearing a bum bag or pouch.
"A sergeant saw her put something under the bed. Various drugs were found around her including £210 and bagged deals of monkey dust weighing a total of 7.95 grams in 18 packages. The drugs were worth between £185 and £380."
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Colclough, of Queensway, Meir, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class B drug monkey dust between April 14 and July 30 and possession of class A drug cocaine.
Barry White, mitigating, invited the court to suspend any sentence. He said: "She has served a period of time in custody. It has had a desired effect. Everything is now in place for her to be assisted further by the probation service and the drug assistance she can be given by the various organisations."
As part of the suspended sentence Colclough must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 40 days.
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The £735 seized during the two arrests was forfeited.
Judge Sally Hancox told Colclough: "On two occasions this year you have been found by the police in circumstances which showed you were involved in the supply of a class B drug.
"Monkey dust is an absolutely terrible substance.
"People who involve themselves in the supply of drugs, class A or class B, deserve to go to prison. Even if you are a user yourself, you are perpetrating misery on others.
"You are someone who has had some ambition. You initially enrolled as a healthcare nurse, you worked for BT. You were really going somewhere, and you absolutely can again.
"It will take a lot of time, a lot of effort. You must not be afraid to acknowledge your mental health has been fragile from time to time. Take the help that is given to you."
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