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Two pensioners have been jailed after they were caught with more than £24,000 worth of cocaine.

Grandmother Helen Wright, 67, carried out the crime in order to help pay off her son’s drug debt, recruiting her friend Moira Robertson, 65, using her home in Baillieston, Glasgow to store money. 

Police raided the property on June 20, 2019 and recovered £51,000 in cash from Robertson. Polythene bags and scales were also found, along with 533 grams of cocaine – worth £13,800 wholesale with a street value of £21,780.  

Wright arrived outside the house during the search, and she was found with 15 polythene bags containing ‘white powder with the value of £2,800’, Glasgow Sheriff Court heard. 

The pair, both still of Baillieston, were arrested and pled guilty to a single charge of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Wright was jailed for 20 months while first offender Robertson received 18 months at today’s sentencing.

Grandmother Helen Wright (pictured), 67, carried out the crime in order to help pay off her son's drug debt, recruiting her friend Moira Robertson, 65, using her home in Baillieston, Glasgow to store money

Grandmother Helen Wright (pictured), 67, carried out the crime in order to help pay off her son's drug debt, recruiting her friend Moira Robertson, 65, using her home in Baillieston, Glasgow to store money

Grandmother Helen Wright (pictured), 67, carried out the crime in order to help pay off her son’s drug debt, recruiting her friend Moira Robertson, 65, using her home in Baillieston, Glasgow to store money

Sheriff Matthew Jackson QC said: ‘Miss Wright – you committed this to settle someone else’s debt.

‘On the day you committed the crime you appeared at Miss Robertson’s house with more cocaine.

Police raided the property on June 20, 2019 and recovered £51,000 in cash from Robertson (pictured)

Police raided the property on June 20, 2019 and recovered £51,000 in cash from Robertson (pictured)

Police raided the property on June 20, 2019 and recovered £51,000 in cash from Robertson (pictured)

‘It is a matter of great regret that I cannot find exceptional circumstances here and you have crossed the custody threshold.’

Addressing Robertson, the sheriff said: ‘You carried out this crime for no financial gain to help out your so called friend.

‘You said you did not know how much drugs would be involved and did not know there would be a significant amount of cash deposited.

‘You stated you knew this was happening a week before and you knowingly used your home to store drugs and paraphernalia.’

Stephen Bentley, defending Wright, told the court: ‘She became involved to repay a drug debt that her son accrued.

‘Her last previous offence was analogous and 12 years ago.

‘She takes full responsibility for involvement and her actions.’

Paul Sutherland, defending Robertson said: ‘She is very apologetic regarding this matter.

‘She received no financial incentive for her involvement but her savings have been seized as a result of the proceeds of crime matter.’

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