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Heroin wrap woman Kim Mason from Bushey convicted
A woman from Bushey was today found guilty of possessing heroin after being caught with a wrap of the drug in her clenched fist at Watford police station.
Kim Mason, 44, was seen pulling a tissue from the waistband of her jeans as she was being led to the custody suite through the police station car park.
PC Priya Patel told St Albans Crown Court that she and a colleague were in a marked police car in Whippendell Road, Watford, at 2.47am. They stopped a blue Ford KA because it was late and there had been crime in the area. The car was being driven by a man with Mason in the passenger seat.
She said she carried out a search of Mason's outer clothing at the road side and nothing was found. They were both taken to Watford police station and in the car park a colleague asked Mason: "What have you got in your hand?"
PC Patel said: "She slightly opened her hand. I saw a small bit of plastic. I asked her to open her hand. She put her hand into a fist and closed it up."
The jury was told she did not initially open her hand, but the police officers opened it and they found a plastic bag. The contents were sent for analysis and it was found to be a wrap of heroin.
Prosecutor Kevin West said there was no dispute that the drug was heroin. The jury of seven women and five men were told she denied knowingly being in possession of the drug. When she was interviewed by the police she made no comment.
Mason of Friars Way, Bushey, denied possessing heroin on December 7, but was convicted by the jury.
Sentence was adjourned by Recorder Elizabeth Isaacs QC for a probation report to be prepared.