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A mum caught with almost £10,000 of cocaine in her house walked free after prosecutors accepted her claims that she "found" the haul of drugs.
During a raid on the home of Jacqueline Robson, police found a score of crack and cocaine.
Robson pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply on the grounds that she was going to return it to whoever owned it, or, failing that, destroy it.
A court heard that the mum admitted to owning the cannabis plants found on the property, but prosecutors chose not to charge her with that, which a judge said was "surprising".
The 57-year-old, who has no previous convictions, was handed a suspended prison sentence at Newcastle Crown Court.
Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, said a total of 68.3g of cocaine was found during a search at her home on May 1, 2019.
A total of 46 0.2g deals of crack and ten 0.2g deals of cocaine worth £1,240 were found in the kitchen of the Belmont Walk residence.
A further £7,900 worth of drugs were found in a pillow case in a bedroom, including 39 crack deals and 68 cocaine deals as well as a packet of drugs, ChronicleLive reports.
A bayonet, a ball in a sock, as well as scales and £500 in cash were also found, which were said not to be owned by the mum.
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The court heard that police turned up to the home and asked for Robson's son, who has previous for possessing drugs with intent to supply.
Judge Robert Adams sentenced her to 20 months suspended for 18 months with a six month curfew between 10pm and 6am.
The judge said: "You have been involved through exploitation. There was street dealing but not by you."
Helen Towers, defending, said the money found was from savings and a loan, and that Robson had been using the cannabis found at her home to deal with medical conditions including asthma, COPD, anxiety and depression.
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