Young mum jailed after cocaine found at her home

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A YOUNG mother arrested after a stash of cocaine was found at her home has been jailed.

Joanne Graziano, 22, of Parker Close, Stamford, had hoped her early guilty plea might have resulted in leniency.

But a judge a Lincoln Crown Court told her he was sending her to jail for two years and three months.

“It has to be a custodial sentence so that other people see what happens when you become involved in peddling misery,” Judge Sean Morris told her.

The court had been told Graziano was not at the house in Parker Close that she shared with her then partner Marc Potts but arrived later as police were carrying out a search.

Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said three packages of cocaine containing 42 separate street deals were found by officers. The cocaine had a street value of £1,584.

Potts and a second man, Adam Service, were arrested at the house, along with Graziano.

Potts, 25, now of Essex Road, Stamford, and Service, 24, of Elizabeth Road, Stamford, were each jailed for three years and three months at an earlier hearing after admitting conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to supply. Graziano also admitted conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to supply between December 1, 2010 and February 26, 2011.

Mr Janes said “Scales consistent with being used to weigh out cocaine were found.

On the kitchen top there was a rolled up £5 note and a line of cocaine. This was to fund their own addiction. Graziano was a go-between.

“She was not a prime mover but was an integral cog to what was happening.”

Lauren Rafter, defending, said Graziano, who has a young son, should be given credit for pleading guilty at the earliest opportunity.

“She was taking drugs with her partner,” she said.

“She makes no excuses for it. She chose to take cocaine.”