£100,000 drugs charge mum to appear in court

A St Helens mum accused of stashing more than £100,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine at her home is set to enter her pleas later this week.

In April, police seized a kilo of crack cocaine and half a kilo of diamorphine - worth an estimated £100,000 - at the home Nicola Percival shared with her husband and their four-year-old child.

Officers also discovered 22 cannabis plants at the house on Rimmer Grove in Parr - which her husband James, 27, has since accepted responsibility for.

At an earlier court hearing, prosecutors told how the bags of heroin and cocaine were recovered by police from underneath a bed before the cannabis plants, which were being cultivated in the loft, were also found.

Five-and-a-half months pregnant at the time, Mrs Percival, 29, has since given birth to the couple’s second child.

Both defendants were initially charged with possession of crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply and production of cannabis.

Mr Percival, who spent several months behind bars on remand, admitted the cannabis charge before Liverpool Crown Court on Monday (October 14) and was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

The cocaine and heroin charges were ordered to lay on file.

Mrs Percival is due to enter her pleas at Liverpool Crown Court this Friday (October 18).