An Angus woman caught with a four-figure heroin haul she was holding for an associate has been warned there will be “no second chances” during a high tariff deferred sentence.
Natalie Bruce, of Provost Reid’s Road, Montrose admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin at her home on November 25 last year when a police tip-off led to her being caught with a haul valued at £1,000 to £1,500.
At Forfar Sheriff Court, solicitor Sarah Russo said: “Her position was that she was effectively to hold on to the drugs and her payment for that was in drugs – she was doing it to feed her own habit.”
The court heard 28-year-old Bruce received detention in 2009 for a supply offence.
“She accepts that custody will be high in the court’s mind, particularly given the analogous conviction,” added her solicitor.
Sheriff Derek Reekie told Bruce: “You are old enough to know what choices you want to make in your life.
Deferring sentence until April 23, he warned her: “I could easily impose a custodial sentence.
“You must grasp this opportunity and if you don’t it will be you who is sending yourself to prison. I’m afraid there are no second chances with this.”