TWO women who were dealing cocaine and cannabis in Clydebank have been allowed to do unpaid work as punishment.

Danielle Gallacher and Kellyanne Steele were caught when police turned up at their Kilbowie Road home on September 14 last year.

Steele, 28, admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine, which was aggravated by a connection with serious organised crime.

Gallacher, 29, pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis.

At Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Friday, depute fiscal Emma Thomson said police arrived at the property with a search warrant around 7.30pm and found the couple with quantities of the drugs and paraphernalia such as scales and small bags.

In total there was 38g of cocaine worth about £1,190 and 86.97g of cannabis, worth approximately £510.

Defence solicitor Steven Wight, representing Gallacher, said his client found the situation she put herself in “distressing”.

He said: “The couple were in a partnership together. The purpose of being involved was for herself and for her mother in relation to both having health difficulties.

“She accepts she should not have been involved in this illegal activity. She has ambitions to go abroad for work and a fairly decent career to look forward to.

“She’s remorseful. She took steps to deal with her anxiety issues.”

Steele’s defence solicitor said his client had had a problem with cocaine but it “went too far”.

He said: “She is completely free of drugs now. She’s absolutely scared stiff you might send her to jail today.”

Sheriff Lindsey Kooner told Gallacher: “The charge is serious and the value is significant. I appreciate you have sought assistance yourself and there doesn’t appear to be any pressing need for supervision.”

Turning to Steele, she said: “You are in a different and more serious position, albeit the same charge. You are on the cusp of custody. I’m persuaded I don’t have to today.”

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Gallacher, still of Kilbowie Road, was ordered to do 160 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Steele, now of Dewar Drive, Drumchapel, was put under social work supervision for a year and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work as a direct alternative to custody.