Young Chesterfield drug dealer stuffed heroin and cocaine in her knickers

Jenessa White outside court. Photo: Derbyshire Live
Jenessa White outside court. Photo: Derbyshire Live

A young drug dealer stuffed wraps of heroin and cocaine in her knickers in a bid to avoid being caught in Chesterfield.

Derby Crown Court heard how police spotted Jenessa White carrying out a drugs deal with a known addict.

They swooped on the pair and arrested the 22-year-old, of Hallowes Court, Dronfield.

When she got to the police station further bags of the two class A drugs were found in her pants.

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But she has been spared an immediate prison term due to her “fragile” mental health state.

Handing White a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “Very rarely does an offence like this not end up in immediate custody and it must be made clear to anybody dabbling in the supply of class A drugs that they can expect to serve a custodial sentence.

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“But I have read the exceptional circumstances of your case and a psychiatric report concludes there is a serious risk that prison could harm your already fragile mental health.

“It is rare that I give this opportunity and you could not complain if I had sent you to jail.

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“There are a number of members of your household in the public gallery.

“Please do not let them down and please do not let me down.”

Rebecca Coleman, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court, said officers witnessed a drug deal between White and a known drug user take place in a street on January 27 last year.

She said they swooped on the pair and seized seven wraps of what later turned out to be cocaine and £446 in cash from her.

Miss Coleman said: “Two mobile phones were also seized and she was arrested and taken to a police station.

“Once there, a search found further wraps of class A drugs in her underwear.

“There were 29 wraps of heroin and one of cocaine."

Analysis of White's phone found messages which showed she had been dealing drugs.

She pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine, supplying cocaine, and offering to supply cocaine.

Robert Lassey, mitigating, said his client had a history of mental health issues, has self-harmed and has previously shown suicidal tendencies.

He said she was 21 at the time of the offence, is 22 now, and has no previous convictions of any kind.

Mr Lassey said: “This defendant is vulnerable and at the time was living in a hostel.

“She was exploited because of her vulnerability and her fragile mental health state.

“A man used her for his own purposes, manipulating her and leaving her scared that if she did not do what he told her she would be hurt.”

The offence took place in Chesterfield and as well as the suspended sentence Judge Shant ordered White to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.