By Eric King-
An NHS Secretary is facing the prospect of jail after being cut with a large amount of class A drugs
Julie Firth, who works at the paediatric unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary is on trial at Bradford Crown Court for facilitating the supply of Class A drugs from her house in Farfield Crescent, Wibsey, Bradford.
Firth strongly denies the charges, despite being caught with the illegal drugs on her person. She told the jury she been in an on off relationship with Brown whom she met 18 years ago, H had spent most of his time in Jamaica according to her, and made no regular contribution to household expenses apart from the odd £100 for shopping.
The NHS Secretary said she did not realize a carrier bag Brown asked her to hand to a man called John Lowcock contained drugs. The jury heard that Lowcock turned up at the house in a blue Mercedes, shortly before the police searched the property, to collect the bag. It was too late then because Firth had been arrested for the drug by then
Firth told the jury she did not ask Brown what was in the bag or look at its contents. She said she assumed the contents of the bag to be books, and made no efforts to check the bag
Firth has spent most of her working life with the National Health Service, beginning in the mental health sector. Her partner, Richard Brown stored two kilos of cocaine with a street value of £106,000 at the house. Ms Firth now faces the difficult task of convincing the court she knew nothing whatsoever about the huge drugs supply at her on property.
The drugs were seized along with numerous phones, £8,000 in cash and 22 packages of baking sod. The baking soda was said to be used as adulterant to bulk up the cocaine, when the police raided the property on August 10 last year.