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Mom and son go to court after police found cannabis for thousands of people at home

A mom and son were dragged to a judge after a cannabis farm and thousands of pounds of drugs were found in their home.

Leyton Jennings, 25, and Lisa Jennings, 42, were both spared prison after police found around £ 7,000 of class B drugs on Salford property.

Some of the recovered drugs had been stored in Smarties chocolate jars, according to the Manchester Crown Court.

Leyton Jennings has admitted possession with the intention of providing cannabis.

He was also sentenced in connection with a police chase when he drove “extraordinarily dangerously”, crossing five red traffic lights and being stopped only by two stingers.

Lisa Jennings

The judge, tape recorder Lawrence McDonald, said it “was simply a fluke” that “nobody was killed or seriously injured.”

Leyton’s mother, Lisa Jennings, who admitted cannabis possession, said she used the drug to self-medicate.

Another man, Harris Turner, 22, was also brought to court in connection with the drug discovery after his fingerprints were found on bags containing cannabis.

Manchester Crown Court heard that the police had originally gone to Jennings’ house in April 2018 in search of another man.

But on the Culverwell Drive property they found a cannabis farm in one bedroom.

There were no drugs currently under cultivation, but there was cannabis there that had been stuffed.

There were also accessories such as ladders and other objects that suggest the growth of cannabis.

Leyton Jennings’ attorney suggested that the cannabis value was closer to £ 4,000.

All three defendants were spared in prison at Manchester Crown Court

Hugh Barton said that cannabis breeding was “perhaps an ambitious term to describe what is rather modest growth in a closet”.

He said Leyton Jennings was in debt because of his cannabis use.

Prosecutor Gavin Howie reported that Jennings had also been involved in a chase with an unmarked police car around Salford in December last year.

It went through five red traffic lights and reached a speed of 60 mph.

Jennings, who was driving a stolen BMW, stopped only after two stingers had been deployed to damage his tires.

In the car, the agents found three cell phones and £ 420 in cash, which he called “Christmas money”.

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Jennings of Culverwell Drive also drove without a license or insurance. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

He also admitted possession with the intention of providing cannabis and received a suspended sentence, including unpaid work and a curfew.

Her mother Lisa Jennings, also from Culverwell Drive, received a nine-month community order, including unpaid work and a curfew.

Harris Turner, of Edmund Street, Salford, was sentenced to a two-year community order, including unpaid work and a curfew, after pleading guilty to being concerned about the supply of cannabis.

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