Hopes of police career in shreds after drugs conviction
6:00am Monday 4th March 2013 in Falmouth/Penryn
A Truro College student’s hopes of a career as a policewoman took a downward turn when she was convicted as a low level drugs dealer by Truro magistrates.
Aimee Mayhew-Brokenshire was found with £190 cash in her bra and in possession of the horse tranquiliser Ketamine when police searched her after they were called out to Swanpool Street, Falmouth one night.
In court, the 18-year-old from New Road, Troon, Camborne, pleaded guilty to possessing MDMA worth £13.52 and Ketamine worth in excess of £450.
Alison May, prosecuting for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police had been called to the Falmouth street because the teenager and another female were drunk and incapable and in possession of drugs.
She was clearly under the influence of something and had white powder under her nose. She said she had taken Ketamine and in her pocket was found a pink sock with a number of pieces of paper containing white powder.
At her home officers found some scales and a wrap of MDMA. In her bra she had £190 in cash and another wrap of Ketamine.
On her mobile phone, said Ms May, there were texts which were typical of buying and selling in the drugs trade. Mayhew-Brokenshire said she was addicted to Ketamine and took it every day.
Ms May said the teenager was a student at Truro College where she was studying A levels.
The defendant had said the MDMA was not hers but would not say whose it was.
Said Ms May: “She has a large habit and says this is all for her own use but we say she is a dealer at the lower end of the scale.”
Mayhew-Brokenshire told the magistrates she had been under pressure and owing money because of her addiction in the past and to feed her habit. After listening to a policewoman she had now stopped taking drugs as it had been a psychological addiction and not a physical one.
“I had thought of becoming a police officer,” she added, “but I was young and stupid.”
The teenager was put under curfew for 12 weeks on Friday and Saturday nights and told to pay £100 costs and surcharge.