A drug addict from Bodmin escaped a prison sentence this week after she admitted laundering £4,250 on behalf of her heroin supplier.
Nichola Walker was advised by a judge at Truro Crown Court on Wednesday to "choose your friends more carefully in future.''
Walker, aged 29, of the Kinsman Estate, Bodmin, admitted five charges accusing her of having transferred criminal property.
Christopher Andrews, defending, said that Walker was highly motivated to kick the habit she had had since she was 15.
She had been warned that her life was at risk and was working with her drugs advisor and there was a major improvement in her circumstances.
Probation officer Mary Lewis confirmed that Walker had been working hard to overcome her habit and Judge John Neligan agreed that she should be given a community order with supervision for 12 months.
"Normally people who launder drugs money go straight to prison,'' the judge told her.