Mother Guilty of Supplying Drugs

PUBLISHED: 19:54 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:50 06 May 2010

A POLICE raid on a mother-of-two s home in St Albans yielded a rich haul of cannabis and cash. Deanne Harding, 24, of Artisan Crescent, pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday (7/1) to being concerned in the supply of cannabis. Dean McNairn, 1

A POLICE raid on a mother-of-two's home in St Albans yielded a rich haul of cannabis and cash.

Deanne Harding, 24, of Artisan Crescent, pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday (7/1) to being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Dean McNairn, 19, of Berners Drive, St Albans, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class B drug.

Officers with a search warrant raided her home on May 20 last year, said David Chrimes, prosecuting.

In an upstairs bedroom more than threequarters of a kilo of cannabis was recovered. Police also seized £1,590 in cash. Downstairs they found a small amount of cannabis weighing around an eighth of an ounce.

Nobody was at the house at the time the police arrived but during the search 19-year old Dean McNairn turned up. He was searched and the police found self-sealing bags used by drug dealers. Harding was contacted by the police and gave herself up.

She admitted the eighth of an ounce was hers but said the larger amount was nothing to do with her. She said she was vaguely aware her boyfriend Adam McNairn, Dean's older brother, was dealing drugs from her home and had received a couple of calls from people wanting cannabis whom she had put in touch with her partner.

Mr Chrimes said the prosecution accepted that the enterprise was run by Adam McNairn and Dean McNairn was involved at a lower level.

At an earlier hearing Adam McNairn, 24, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply 770 grams and was jailed for nine months. He received a further nine months for breaching a suspended sentence.

Dean McNairm told Judge Martin Griffith: "I don't want nothing more to do with cannabis. It causes nothing but trouble."

For Harding, Andrew Kerry said she wanted help with her cannabis use. She told the judge: "I would love to give up. I really would."

The judge told them: "Despite what some people think the supply of cannabis is still an offence." He described McNairn as, "a runner for your brother."

Judge Griffith sentenced McNairn to an 18 month community order with supervision and ordered him to also attend a Thinking Skills programme and carry out 150 hours unpaid work.

Harding was given a 12 month community order with supervision and a condition that she attended a Thinking Skills programme.


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