‘I’ve ditched drugs’ – pregnant woman’s promise to court

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A DRUG user had turned her back on illegal substances since falling pregnant, a court heard.

Amphetamine and cannabis were found at Pamela Bryson’s home in Washington.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that police searched the house in Sulgrave Road on September 9.

Janice Bellamy, prosecuting, said a small amount of white powder was seized.

Tests revealed it was the class-B drug amphetamine.

A search on April 10 led to officers discovering about eight grammes of the same drug and cannabis resin worth £5.

Bryson, 37, pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing a class-B drug.

Sandra Fife, defending, said Bryson was pregnant and had now cut drugs out of her life.

“At the time of the second search in September, although she was still in possession of them, she had stopped using them, because she had not realised she was pregnant until she was 25 weeks pregnant,” she said.

“As a result of long-term liver problems, the baby will be induced.”

Mrs Fife added that Bryson, of Sulgrave Road, was also battling anxiety and depression.

Magistrates ordered she pay £85 towards court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.