Sheffield mum caught dealing drugs

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A Sheffield mum who ran a drug operation from her council house has narrowly avoided jail.

Nicola Brown, aged 44, was busted when police raided her semi on Milnrow Road, Parson Cross, and found 55 wraps of skunk cannabis in a safe.

Officers also found electronic scales and plastic bags in the house, consistent with drug dealing.

Brown, a mum-of-two, admitted two offences of possessing cannabis with intent to supply and possessing a prohibited weapon - a CS gas canister - when she appeared at Sheffield Crown Court.

Neil Coxon, prosecuting, said police raided her home on February 20 and Brown appeared ‘nervous and anxious’.

She then took them to a safe at the bottom of her stairs and gave officers a key to open it.

The wraps inside were worth £928.

Brown told police she had met a man in a pub and obtained some cannabis and gave some away to friends.

“She was at pains to point out her 23-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son were not involved in the drug dealing,” said Mr Coxon.

Brown was bailed then police received further information about dealing at the premises and searched the house a second time, on March 20.

Four grammes of cannabis, a further set of scales and bags for dealing drugs were discovered along with £405 in cash.

Brown told police it was the remnants of what officers had found on the previous raid,

Judge Paul Watson jailed Brown for eight months, suspending the sentence for a year.

He also sentenced her to 12-month community order with a condition that she attends an alcohol treatment course and abides by a four-month curfew.