Heanor drug dealer given fresh chance after beating addiction

Gavel and scales
Gavel and scales

A former drug dealer from Heanor was given a fresh chance in court after beating a £100-a-day addiction.

Lisa Hicking, 33, faced a judge after a police drugs’ raid on her home in Broadway, Heanor, more than a year ago.

This uncovered £480 worth of cocaine and heroin as well as £405 cash and clingfilm used to wrap deals, said Jonathan Straw, prosecuting.

After her arrest, she was seen “fiddling around the groin area” and officers found 35 wraps of heroin, Mr Straw told Nottingham Crown Court. She refused to answer the questions of police officers.

Hicking admitted having drugs with intent to supply.

Hicking was given a 20-month prison term, suspended for two years, and must undergo anti-drug treatment for a year.

Katrina Wilson, mitigating, told the court that Hicking had worked hard to get off drugs since the raid on February 8 last year.

Her mother had paid off a debt to a drug dealer who had forced Hicking into the offence.

“For the last 10 years, she has had a problem with class A drugs, using on average £100 class A drugs a day.

“Thankfully she has broken that cycle in the 15 months that have passed,” said Miss Wilson.

She told the court that drugs had taken a toll on Hicking, adding: “She doesn’t look like a woman of 33 years.

“She knows there will be a long road ahead but there are very real positives.”

Judge Steven Coupland said he feels “deep sympathy” for Hicking’s mother, who was present in court.

Hicking must return to court regularly to see how she handles a course to help her off drugs. This includes drug testing.

The judge told Hickling: “You have made considerable effort in the last few months to try and stop taking these drugs.”