A MOTHER in debt started selling cocaine and MCAT from her home.
Emma Chloe Cross, 41, the mother of a teenage boy, sold the drugs from her address on Nant Mawr Crescent, Buckley address.
Mold Crown Court heard how her home was referred to as “her shop”.
Cross was jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting possessing class A and class B drugs with intent to supply.
The court heard how police searched her home in April and found 106.7
grammes of cocaine, up to 11 per cent pure, in 84 separate deals which had been prepared for sale.
It was valued at between £4,800 and £7,100.
Officers recovered a large piece of MCAT and 12 different deals - a total of 89.13g – with an estimated street value of up to £1,900.
A total of £4,700 in cash was also recovered.
Interviewed, she told she had been left £90,000 in debt by a former partner and started selling drugs in November of last year.
Frances Willmott, prosecuting, said Cross told how she had paid off about £50,000 of the debt.
But Cross did not accept that was all from drug dealing.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said if she had been convicted after a trial then a 45-month sentence would have been appropriate.
He warned “in the old days” such a case would have attracted a sentence of eight or nine years.
Text messages on her mobile phone showed she was clearly selling drugs from her own home, he said.
It was aggravated by the fact she was doing it from a place where a teenage boy was living.
She had no previous drugs convictions and she had taken steps to since address her own cocaine habit.
But at the time she claimed it was costing her £250-a-day.
Anna Price, defending, said Cross had been left in substantial debt
by a former partner some seven years ago.
She had asked a later partner to leave when she found he was using drugs at the house.
But she had later developed an expensive cocaine habit herself.
However, she had been able to turn her life around since her arrest. She had stopped using drugs completely.
Judge Rowlands said any sentencing court had to consider the effect of a custodial sentence on children.
But whatever sympathy the court may have with her predicament, her personal mitigation could not deflect the court from passing an appropriate sentence, he said.