AN ISLE of Wight woman who admitted drug offences after Royal Mail discovered her mail-ordered cannabis has been spared jail.

Natasha Pink, of no fixed abode, appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday, July 16, for sentencing, and at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Monday, to admit an additional charge.

At a previous hearing on April 1, 2021, the 25-year-old admitted being concerned in the supply of LSD, between September 1 and September 17, 2020.

She also admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis, between August 30 and September 20, 2020, and possession of cannabis on September 22, 2020.

Prosecutor, Tim Moores, told the court Pink had ordered flavoured cannabis products from a source in Surrey. He said they were posted to her in a package via Royal Mail, and staff at the sorting office in Newport noticed the smell of cannabis.

The package was handed to police for examination, and they found it contained 14 packets of various strains of cannabis, addressed to Pink.

On searching Pink's address, police found 10g of herbal cannabis in three pots, valued at around £95, and seized two mobile phones.

Mr Moores said messages on the phones revealed Pink had supplied LSD to a friend, who was complaining the tablets had not had the desired effect.

Messages dating back to 2018 were also found, indicating Pink was buying drugs for her own consumption, and recent messages included a price list for edible cannabis.

Mr Moores said the 'menu' was found in messages to at least two acquaintances, and it appeared Pink was offering to bake cannabis products.

In interview, Pink admitted being a long-time user of cannabis and other drugs, and admitted ordering the flavoured cannabis package.

Jonathan Underhill, defending, referred to a pre-sentence report and said imprisoning Pink would be catastrophic. He said support was needed and required.

Pink was given a two-month community order, to include 15 rehabilitation days and a six-month drug rehabilitation requirement.

She was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £95.

She appeared before Island magistrates three days later, and admitted possessing cannabis and a quantity of pregabalin tablets on May 9.

Police called at Pink's caravan in Forest Close, Newport, on an unrelated matter, went inside and found cannabis on the table and blister packs of pregabalin — a drug used to treat anxiety, said Ann Smout, prosecuting.

The drugs were seized and Pink was arrested on suspicion of possession.

Jobless Pink told the police the cannabis was hers and she had paid £375 for it. She claimed the pregabalin was hers. It hadn't been prescribed and she bought it from a friend.

Pink was fined £120 with a £34 victim surcharge.

Pink also appeared before an Island court in 2018 for wounding, for which she was handed a suspended prison sentence.