Written for IOM Today.
A Douglas woman has been convicted of having more than £11,000 worth of cannabis at her home.
Melanie Anne Freeland, of Hillside Avenue, has been committed to the Court of General Gaol Delivery and will be sentenced there on a date to be set.
The court heard how, on July 21, police went to 36-year-old Freeland’s home on an unrelated matter.
She admitted to police that there was a quantity of cannabis in the kitchen in a rucksack.
In the bag police found 16 100 gram bars of cannabis resin, with a further 112 grams in its front pockets.
A search found another nine 100 gram bars in a cupboard under the sink.
The total value of the cannabis resin found was said to be between £11,144.09 and £11,394.09, with cash totalling £1,170 also discovered in Freeland’s purse.
In a police interview Freeland handed in a prepared statement saying that her partner had drug debts and a person she wouldn’t name had subsequently forced her to store the cannabis. She said she believed someone would be coming back to collect it.