A WOMAN with a history of drug dealing has kept her freedom after police raided her home.

Amanda Carol Scott, 50, had already served a four and a half year prison sentence for possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply them and a nine-month prison sentence for dealing in Ecstasy and cannabis before her Tadcaster home was raided, York Crown Court heard.

Reginald Bosomworth, prosecuting, said police found evidence she had been selling drugs for 18 months between January 2011 and July 2012, m-Cat with a street value of £144 and small amounts of cannabis, ketamine and a Class C drug, BZP.

She had two lists of people who owed her drug debts, scales, five mobile phones and £520 in cash.

Scott, of Grange Crescent, Tadcaster, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and m-Cat with intent to supply them and possessing ketamine and BZP for her own use.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said there was "plainly a commercial element" in her drug dealing, but she had taken steps to deal with her drug habit since her arrest.

He gave her a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years on condition that she did 12 months' supervision and 150 hours' unpaid work.

She will return to court on September 3 to learn how many of her assets will be confiscated.

For Scott, Nigel Hamilton said she had been a drug user for more than 20 years but wanted to change her lifestyle and stop taking drugs.

She had been clean of drugs for nearly two years.

The court heard the four and a half year sentence was passed in Manchester in 1996 and as well as hard drugs included convictions for Ecstasy, amphetamine, LSD, cannabis and a prohibited weapon. The nine-month sentence was passed at Mold Crown Court, North Wales, in 2009.