A 61-year-old housewife was arrested when she went to the Picton police station on August 16 to claim a bag containing 20 grams of cannabis.
Patricia Lynette Wright, of Blenheim, appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday and was sentenced to six months’ supervision for possessing the drug and a pipe used for smoking it. She was also told she must attend counselling as directed by the Probation Service.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Graeme Single said a member of the public found a black bag near the Interislander ferry terminal in Picton and handed it in to police. They found 19 individual “tinnies” with about 1g of cannabis each in the bag, along with a pipe.
A phone inside the bag began to ring and police told the male caller that the bag was at Picton police station.
Wright came to the station to claim the bag and was arrested, admitting the cannabis and the pipe were hers.
Judge Peter Hobbs said Wright had a history of drug convictions.