DRUGS with a street value of around £1,000 were discovered in the home of a Milford Haven woman with a 20-year history of substance abuse.

Marion Picton, aged 38, of Willow End, Milford Haven, admitted possession of 6.13 grams of cocaine, 79.5 grams of cannabis and 10 diazepam tablets at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (February 20).

Magistrates heard that police forced entry into her home on August 25, 2017, and found cannabis inside three Tesco carrier bags, which had been placed inside a beanie hat; two plastic containers of cannabis, a glass jar containing cannabis, a tin and a small bag containing cocaine, diazepam tablets, and a grinder.

Picton, who returned home while the search was underway, told officers the drugs were all hers.

The court heard Picton had previous convictions for possession of heroin, crack cocaine and Class B and C drugs, but Jonathan Webb – defending – said she had displayed only “sporadic criminality” in recent years.

“She’s coming up to 40, and has been addicted to drugs for half her life,” said Mr Webb.

He said recovering from addiction was a ‘long and drawn out process’, but Picton wanted to get help.

“She knows if she carries on with this lifestyle she’s going to end up dead,” he said.

On Thursday (February 22), magistrates ordered Picton to pay £360, £85 in costs and a surcharge of £30 for possession of Class A, B and C drugs.

They also ordered that all the drugs be destroyed, including any related paraphernalia, and that a current community order should continue to run for another 11 months.