Pregnant woman is jailed for supplying and importing drugs

WHEN police officers were tipped off about a suspicious party happening at a home in the Grange they attended and found five people, 69 grams of cannabis, a bong and a set of electronic scales.

Summer Bienvenu. (Picture provided by Guernsey Police)
Summer Bienvenu. (Picture provided by Guernsey Police)

All five were arrested, and one resident, Summer Bienvenu, pictured, later admitted that the drugs had belonged to her.

In the Royal Court, Bienvenu, 21, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to two years and four months’ jail for drug offences committed both last year and this year.

After her arrest at the party, Bienvenu initially refused to give the police the pin number to her mobile phone, but she later complied and police deduced from the messages on the phone that she had been involved in the supply of illegal drugs.

In a four-week period over May and June last year Bienvenu had received messages such as ‘you got any smoke?’ and she had responded to several messages with ‘reloading soon’.

Bienvenu admitted that she sold about 60 to 70 grams of cannabis a week during that period, which would have had a street value of between £4,800 and £8,400.

Bienvenu also faced a second indictment of importing cannabis.

In February this year a postal worker had attempted to deliver a package to a Miss Paint at an address in the Vrangue, where she had been living with family.

Bienvenu’s mother opened the door to the postal worker but did not accept the package because there was no one called Miss Paint living there.

Bienvenu later tried to claim the package at the post office, but suspicions had been raised, the Guernsey Border Agency had been alerted and she was arrested on suspicion of the importation of illegal drugs.

The package, which had been labelled as containing make-up, was found to have 13.95 grams of cannabis inside.

During the first quarter of this year cannabis had a very high street value because the pandemic had reduced availability, so the package had a street value of up to £976.

Advocate Sam Steel said his client, who was just days away from giving birth, offered a sincere apology from the bottom of her heart and that she felt guilt, shame and pain.

The court heard that Bienvenu had experienced a difficult upbringing and a traumatic relationship with an ex-partner where she suffered domestic violence.

Drugs had become her coping mechanism and she had been using cannabis since the age of 16.

Advocate Steel asked the court to give his client one final chance and show ‘exceptional mercy’ with a non-custodial sentence.

Bienvenu was said to be very frightened about going to prison and very anxious about giving birth there.

In sentencing, Judge Russell Finch said that Bienvenu had experienced a hard life, and he gave her credit for the guilty pleas, and took into account her age and personal circumstances.

However, he said that because she had been an active drug dealer, a custodial sentence was unavoidable.

Aggravating factors included the fact that Bienvenu breached her bail when she committed the second offence.

The court heard that Bienvenu had previous convictions for drug misuse, robbery and assault, including an assault on a police officer.

She was sentenced to two years for supplying illegal drugs in 2020 and a concurrent two years for importing illegal drugs in 2021.

A further four months were added for denying police access to her mobile phone after her arrest at the post office.

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