A Cumbrian mum, who admitted drugs offences following the seizure of heroin worth £175,000, has been jailed for seven years.
Jane Talbot Morton, 49, who, in 2006, won accolades for her outstanding work as a mature hairdressing student, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court for sentencing today.
She had previously admitted three charges of supplying heroin, possessing heroin with intent to supply, possessing amphetamines with intent to supply and concealing criminal property.
Morton, of Blackburn Street, Workington, was arrested after police raided both her home and a caravan at the Solway Holiday Village in Silloth. Officers seized 1.75kg of heroin and cash totalling £10,000.
Temporary Detective Inspector Jason Robinson, from West Cumbria CID, said the sentence reflected the seriousness of the case.
"This was one of the largest and most significant seizures of Class A drugs we’ve seen in the area.
“We believe these seizures have had a significant impact upon drug supply in west Cumbria, as well as having an impact on serious organised crime groups - not just in west Cumbria but throughout the county.
“We have shown that West Cumbria will not tolerate organised criminals living off the misery of others."
Morton’s conviction represents a spectacular fall from grace and a personal tragedy for her.
In 2006, she was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award in Hairdressing at the Lakes College Awards Ceremony.
At the time, she told how she left school with CSEs and had various jobs including factory work but always dreamed of being a hairdresser.
She said: “At the age of 21 I had three children and my attention had to be given to them.
“I knew that when I got the chance I would pursue hairdressing but it was just a case of biding my time.
“The fact that I had three children was a huge push for me to study my dream career.
“When they started getting older the hairdressing bills got bigger, and I thought how great it would be if I could cut their hair myself.
“Hairdressing is a hard profession, but it’s so rewarding.
“I got a shock when I went on to study my NVQ Level 2 as it was a big step from the Level 1, it was so much more in depth. I had to learn to mix chemicals. But I coped, partly because of the tutors and the support. I’m just so proud that my hard work has been recognised.”
Monday, 26 July 2010 newsandstar.co.uk