A sheriff praised a drug dealer who told social workers she was turning her back on the illicit trade and seeking help to get her life back on track.
Michaela Macmillan, of Inshes View, Inverness, appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court yesterday to be sentenced for being concerned in the supply of drugs after a background report had been prepared.
After reading it, Sheriff Gary Aitken told the 27-year-old he was impressed by her honesty to social workers who prepared the report, and that she was taking steps herself to deal with her problems.
Macmillan had previously admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and Etizolam on March 15 at an address in the city’s Cypress Place.
While cocaine is a class A drug, Etizolam is a class C anti-anxiety medicine.
Defence solicitor Lynsey Jefferson said that Macmillan was looking better than she had ever seen her and asked the Sheriff to follow the recommendation in the report for more support.
Sheriff Aitken agreed, placed Macmillan on 18 months social work supervision and ordered her to participate in the women’s offender programme as an alternative to custody.
He also granted fiscal depute Niall Macdonald’s motion for forfeiture of cash totalling £430 which was recovered in the police raid on the house.