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Burnley grandma jailed for selling cannabis from her doorstep
A DRUG dealing grannie who had a potential £8,000 cannabis factory at her home in Burnley, has been jailed for 12 months.
Addict Elona Nuttall, 50, had been selling up to seven or eight bags of cannabis on a busy day, to street users who knocked on her door, the crown court heard.
She was caught after police turned up with a search warrant after the arrest of her long-term partner Darren Storer and she confessed.
Nuttall broke down and sobbed in the dock as a judge told her she had to go to jail.
The defendant, of Tabor Street, Burnley, admitted supplying cannabis between July and October last year, possessing the drug with intent to supply last October 14 and producing cannabis between last July and October.
She had owned up on the basis the cultivation was a relatively new set-up and the drugs sold to callers had come from other sources and not the plants.
David Macro, prosecuting, said last October 14, police searched the defendant's house. She had answered the door after they had been knocking for about 10 minutes.
Her bedroom was searched and officers found plastic bags with traces of white powder. In a smaller bedroom was a cannabis production set-up, with 20 medium sized plants, 21 small seedlings in a tray and two large lamps.
She was arrested and when told a drugs dog would be attending, said: "Well, I might as well tell you about the deals in that unit there. They are Darren's." In the unit, police discovered a container with six wraps of cannabis in, weighing a total of 4.8 grams and a set of scales with cannabis on.
Mr Macro said experts reported the cannabis plants would potentially have yielded 800 grams of cannabis, worth £8,000.
The defendant was interviewed and told police she and Darren Storer were responsible for the production and he looked after the plants.
She said she used about £20 of cannabis a week.
The defendant said either she or Darren Storer would supply the drugs, on a busy day seven or eight bags could be sold and they shared the proceeds between them.
Mr Macro said Nuttall had convictions for possessing cannabis and amphetamine. There had been insufficient evidence to arrest and charge Darren Storer, despite the defendant's confession.
Richard Taylor, for Nuttall, said Darren Storer was arrested and interviewed and made no comment. Mr Taylor said :" Without her partner, there would be no offences. Without her partner, she wouldn't be here today."
Sentencing, Recorder John Jones, QC, told Nuttall her pre- sentence report made sad reading, although it spoke of her positive qualities. He continued: "It's a great pity that such positive qualities cannot be harnessed in a more constructive way."