A HAWICK woman found in possession of a “significant amount of cocaine” has been ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.

Angela Tomaszewski, 45, pleaded guilty to the offence which happened at her home in Hillend Drive, on June 16 last year.

Procurator fiscal Alasdair Fay said police got a warrant to search the house and it was executed at 10.30am when a bag of cocaine wrapped in a pair of boxer shorts was found in a bedroom.

Defence lawyer Liam Alexander said his client insisted she had been “framed” in that a person had thrown a package containing the drugs into her home.

He continued: “In her view it was a set up. After looking into the bag she panicked and decided to store the package and hid it as she did not want to tell her husband.

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“It is accepted it is a fairly significant amount of class A drugs.”

Mr Alexander said the case had a major impact on the first offender.

He explained her husband lost his job because of the case as video footage of her being arrested had made its way to her husband’s employer and although he had no involvement in the case he lost his job.

Sheriff Iain Nicol said there was “a significant amount of drugs” involved in the case but he had been persuaded to impose an alternative to custody.

As part of a Community Pay Back Order Tomaszewski was told to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work.