A mother and daughter who were caught with a "significant" quantity of cannabis which they were selling to at least 30 customers have both avoided a prison sentence
Sharon Chapman, 47, and her daughter Lauren, 25, were arrested by police after they were spotted selling drugs from their BMW in Coventry on August 12 last year.
Officers pulled over Lauren's car outside her Leicestershire village home and discovered herbal cannabis in the central compartment worth over a grand.
The pair were arrested and had their properties searched, where a further stash of cannabis was discovered as well as £1,150 in cash.
At first, both women had told police the drugs were for personal use but messages on Lauren’s phone showed she had been selling to 33 individual customers, and that she had previously made a bulk five-ounce purchase of the drug.
A court heard how Lauren, a mother herself, had been able to afford to buy the BMW despite being unemployed as a result of the scale of her drug-dealing operation.
The mother and daughter went on to admit possessing cannabis with intent to supply but were spared jail at Warwick Crown Court on Monday, June 21.
After the case, Lauren, who was wearing a pink crop top and black leggings, could be seen broadly grinning for the cameras alongside her mum outside court.
Earlier, Recorder Freeman had told young mum Lauren how she narrowly avoided jail and had been spared for the sake of her daughter.
He said: "Clearly you did have quite a flourishing cannabis supply operation, although I accept it was to friends and acquaintances.
"It is quite clear your role falls into the significant class, and you deserve to go to prison for 12 months.
"But I am not going to send you down because of two things.
"One is your daughter who you are looking after, and the other is that, very sensibly, you are not contesting where the prosecution put you."
Addressing Sharon, he added: "Clearly you have been quite a heavy user of cannabis over the years, but this was, as far as we know, your first contact with dealing.
"You were with your daughter who had brought you into it."
Lauren, of Stoke Golding, Leics., was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended for two years, and ordered to undertake 120 hours of unpaid work.
Sharon, of Stoke, Coventry, was handed a 12-month community order and both were ordered to take part in rehabilitation activities and pay £525 in costs.
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