Taunton mother Josie Bond spared jail for selling cocaine and heroin

The scales of justice.

The scales of justice.

First published in News Somerset County Gazette: Photograph of the Author by

A MOTHER caught selling drugs to an undercover police officer has escaped a prison sentence.

Josie Bond, 30, of Lambrook Road, sold the officer crack cocaine and heroin in an underpass in August last year and admitted two counts of supplying Class A drugs.

She was given a two-year community order with a 22-month drug rehabilitation requirement by a judge at Taunton Crown Court.

Recorder Peter Fraser said: “It [the order] is not an easy option and it is not getting away for free with the offences you have committed.

“They are difficult orders and it is to your credit that the professionals who assessed you have such positive views about your chances.

“This should be seen as an exceptional chance you have been given. Not all defendants get one.”

Mum Bond, who works as a hotel room cleaner, was caught out during Operation Cortez, a police strategy clamping down on drug dealers.

Prosecuting, Susan Cavender told the court an undercover officer, pretending to be interested in buying drugs, called a number belonging to Bond’s partner, fixing up a meeting point.

Bond met with the plain-clothed officer and sold him 102mg of heroin and 98mg of crack cocaine. The deal was captured on a hidden video camera and Bond was later arrested.

Defending her, Rebecca Bradberry highlighted the positive recommendation made in a drug rehabilitation assessment.

She added: “This is a young woman who is committed to sorting her life out and will endeavour to try and keep her work to support her children.”

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4:34pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ladybird14 says...

what is the point in the police cracking down on this low life cleaning up our streets when the courts don't support them, if this had been her partner would the sentence been different. I would think this operation cost tax payers a lot of money what a waste when catch red handed and let off. what a joke!!
what is the point in the police cracking down on this low life cleaning up our streets when the courts don't support them, if this had been her partner would the sentence been different. I would think this operation cost tax payers a lot of money what a waste when catch red handed and let off. what a joke!! ladybird14
  • Score: 7

11:14am Sat 15 Feb 14

mistyeyes says...

do you not realise that papers don't print full stories? they write what they think you want to hear. you don't know that her partner wasn't involved? maybe he has been sent down? have you ever been in this circle and tried to escape from it? when your in it, its very hard to see an escape route, especially if your being controlled by someone!

maybe your comment should say, "i hope this mum really sorts herself out and see how lucky she is, i hope she can be a better person and believe in herself?'

instead you choose to kick someone when they're down, thats the problem with society these days. you think your better then everyone else. know one deserves a label. maybe they just need HELP!!
do you not realise that papers don't print full stories? they write what they think you want to hear. you don't know that her partner wasn't involved? maybe he has been sent down? have you ever been in this circle and tried to escape from it? when your in it, its very hard to see an escape route, especially if your being controlled by someone! maybe your comment should say, "i hope this mum really sorts herself out and see how lucky she is, i hope she can be a better person and believe in herself?' instead you choose to kick someone when they're down, thats the problem with society these days. you think your better then everyone else. know one deserves a label. maybe they just need HELP!! mistyeyes
  • Score: -8

8:29am Sun 16 Feb 14

ladybird14 says...

mistyeyes wrote:
do you not realise that papers don't print full stories? they write what they think you want to hear. you don't know that her partner wasn't involved? maybe he has been sent down? have you ever been in this circle and tried to escape from it? when your in it, its very hard to see an escape route, especially if your being controlled by someone!

maybe your comment should say, "i hope this mum really sorts herself out and see how lucky she is, i hope she can be a better person and believe in herself?'

instead you choose to kick someone when they're down, thats the problem with society these days. you think your better then everyone else. know one deserves a label. maybe they just need HELP!!
she has done wrong so in my eyes if you do the crime you do the time!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]mistyeyes[/bold] wrote: do you not realise that papers don't print full stories? they write what they think you want to hear. you don't know that her partner wasn't involved? maybe he has been sent down? have you ever been in this circle and tried to escape from it? when your in it, its very hard to see an escape route, especially if your being controlled by someone! maybe your comment should say, "i hope this mum really sorts herself out and see how lucky she is, i hope she can be a better person and believe in herself?' instead you choose to kick someone when they're down, thats the problem with society these days. you think your better then everyone else. know one deserves a label. maybe they just need HELP!![/p][/quote]she has done wrong so in my eyes if you do the crime you do the time!!!!! ladybird14
  • Score: 10

8:46am Sun 16 Feb 14

ladybird14 says...

yet again we find are self in a situation. if this women (drug dealer ) had been supply the drugs to your child or loved one the story would be a lot different. how many family has she wrecked and child life's have been ruined. scum like that should be dealt with life inside not let off to pollute society. I have seen what drugs do first hand. the only HELP required here is a good spell (10 years) behind bars.
yet again we find are self in a situation. if this women (drug dealer ) had been supply the drugs to your child or loved one the story would be a lot different. how many family has she wrecked and child life's have been ruined. scum like that should be dealt with life inside not let off to pollute society. I have seen what drugs do first hand. the only HELP required here is a good spell (10 years) behind bars. ladybird14
  • Score: 3

10:01am Sun 16 Feb 14

mistyeyes says...

we'll agree to disagree, i know this woman wasn't doing this of her own accord!!! deliverering a package was a lesser sentence then refusing!
we'll agree to disagree, i know this woman wasn't doing this of her own accord!!! deliverering a package was a lesser sentence then refusing! mistyeyes
  • Score: -7

5:03pm Sun 16 Feb 14

ladybird14 says...

you must be sick in the head or be a drug dealer/user yourself you sado
you must be sick in the head or be a drug dealer/user yourself you sado ladybird14
  • Score: 0

9:59am Mon 17 Feb 14

Rusty Hinge says...

Where do these drugs originate?. Not in the UK presumably. So they have to be smuggled in. Some sources state that the Isle of Wight is the main entry point for illegal drugs entering UK territory. The drugs are brought to the mainland, then distributed. Some may well be brought through Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset to this area. In this case, the Courts have dealt with very small part of the problem. Who are the Mr. Bigs?. Are they being dealt with too?.
Where do these drugs originate?. Not in the UK presumably. So they have to be smuggled in. Some sources state that the Isle of Wight is the main entry point for illegal drugs entering UK territory. The drugs are brought to the mainland, then distributed. Some may well be brought through Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset to this area. In this case, the Courts have dealt with very small part of the problem. Who are the Mr. Bigs?. Are they being dealt with too?. Rusty Hinge
  • Score: 3

3:53pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Monument says...

Rusty Hinge

Can I suggest you contact the police and National Crime Agency as I am sure they will not have thought about targetting the importers.
Rusty Hinge Can I suggest you contact the police and National Crime Agency as I am sure they will not have thought about targetting the importers. Monument
  • Score: 4

1:33pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Mi_Coc says...

how can they send old ladies to prison for non payment of council tax but not this lady!!

You wonder why police go after speeding well its 95% conviction rate! Anything else they cant be sure of what support the cps and the court service will give.
how can they send old ladies to prison for non payment of council tax but not this lady!! You wonder why police go after speeding well its 95% conviction rate! Anything else they cant be sure of what support the cps and the court service will give. Mi_Coc
  • Score: 2

5:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

mistyeyes wrote:
we'll agree to disagree, i know this woman wasn't doing this of her own accord!!! deliverering a package was a lesser sentence then refusing!
You KNOW, do you? Yet your first post was full of supposition and speculation. So no, you don't know. But hey, let's just give these poor, downtrodden, salt-of-the-Earth types a second chance, shall we? I'm SURE she isn't gloating to her scumbag friends about how she got off without going to prison.

Absolute rubbish. Anyone found guilty of any aspect of the supply of drugs (and thus perpetuating a whole lot of other crimes committed by the addicts desperate to pay for their habits) should be sentenced to a mandatory jail term.
[quote][p][bold]mistyeyes[/bold] wrote: we'll agree to disagree, i know this woman wasn't doing this of her own accord!!! deliverering a package was a lesser sentence then refusing![/p][/quote]You KNOW, do you? Yet your first post was full of supposition and speculation. So no, you don't know. But hey, let's just give these poor, downtrodden, salt-of-the-Earth types a second chance, shall we? I'm SURE she isn't gloating to her scumbag friends about how she got off without going to prison. Absolute rubbish. Anyone found guilty of any aspect of the supply of drugs (and thus perpetuating a whole lot of other crimes committed by the addicts desperate to pay for their habits) should be sentenced to a mandatory jail term. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 2

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