A YOUNG Hampshire drug addict has been given a chance to get her life back on track.

Nikisha Wilson, just turned 20, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply after police found cannabis in the garden of the house in Bishop's Waltham, where she lives with her grandparents.

Dawn Hyland, prosecuting, the court heard that the police acting on a tip-off went to the home and find six ounces of herbal cannabis in a bag under a plastic bench.

At first Wilson's grandfather came under suspicion and he was interviewed by police but she immediately admitted in interview that the drugs were hers.

The drugs had an estimated value of £1,800. She was selling quantities for £20.

Ms Hyland said Wilson, unemployed, of Greens Close, told police she had a cannabis habit that cost her £1-200 a week and that she was dealing under her own free will and not under duress. She declined to say where the drugs came from, the court heard.

Wilson had previous convictions for theft, possession of a blade, robbery and assaulting a police officer.

Sentencing, Judge Keith Cutler, Recorder of Winchester, said: "This is your first trip to crown court. It has to be your last. You are 20 and have to take some responsibility for yourself. You don't want to cause any more problems for your grandparents.

"It is time to get hold of the future. You have the future ahead of you, at 20. make plans for the future, think about that work you would like to do. You can do it, OK?"

He imposed a 12-month community order with a requirement for six-months drugs rehabilitation and for 20 days rehabilitation activity requirement.