Woman tells police she lied

Woman tells police she lied

A 34-year-old Cowra woman has been fined $220 at Cowra Local Court.

Jasmine Ruth Beckett, of Dowell Street, failed to appear before the court charged with possession of a prescribed restricted substance and the matter was dealt with in her absence.

According to police facts around 12.03am on August 21, 2020, police pulled over a black sedan on Lachlan Street.

Police spoke to the driver and observed three passengers in the vehicle.

Beckett was located in the front passenger seat and was covering her face with the hood of her jacket.

Believing Beckett to be a woman police had recently conducted a bail check on, they asked to see her face three times before she complied.

Police then conducted checks on all parties in the vehicle and questioned why they were driving at that hour.

Police were told they had been heading to an ATM to withdraw money as one of the parties' card had been stolen and they needed to use the cardless cash option as soon as they got paid.

Police asked when the card had been stolen and were told, "about three days ago".

They then questioned why the person had not reported the theft and cancelled the card, the passenger simply shrugged their shoulders. Police checks then revealed all parties in the vehicle were linked with drug activities.

Due to the hour of driving and the information received police formed the suspicion one of them may be in possession of drugs and searched them and the vehicle.

During the search of Beckett police located two empty resealable plastic bags alongside a blister pack of Diazepam containing two tablets in her hand bag.

When questioned about the bags Beckett told police, "It had crack in it, it would have been from a couple of weekends ago".

When questioned about the Diazepam she told police she had a prescription for it at home.

She was informed the drug would be seized and she would be charged unless she could produce the prescription for the drug. Some weeks passed and Beckett failed to produce a prescription for police and a report was created.

Around 12pm on November 26, 2020, police observed Beckett walking along Brisbane Street and she was questioned about the incident.

Becket told police she had lied to them and that she allows another person to store the drug in her bag.

She stated she had never had a prescription for Diazepam and that she "does not take downers".

In sentencing, Magistrate Jillian Kiely, noted Beckett had a lengthy criminal history but not a considerable number of drug related offences.

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