Court told of house drug stash

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POLICE found cannabis with a potential street value of more than a quarter-of-a-million pounds during a house search.

Officers discovered the 25-kilo haul, which had been split into 93 “nine bars”, during the raid at King Henry Court, Sunderland.

Prosecutor Gavin Doig told Newcastle Crown Court: “The total value, depending on how it was sold, was between £70,000 and £280,000.”

Sean McKenna was in the house at the time, but did not live there.

The 39-year-old admitted he knew the drugs, which had been stashed in a rucksack, were in the house and had been tasked to hand them to the dealer who owned them if he came to the door.

Frank Conlin, 51, who lived in the house, was given a suspended 36-week prison sentence at an earlier court hearing.

He had admitted possession with intent to supply.

McKenna, a 39-year-old Nissan worker, pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Mr Doig said: “His basis of plea is both he and Mr Conlin were acting under some threat and were storing the drugs found in the house, rather than the drugs being their own.

“Conlin was storing them, McKenna was aware they were there. He was under instruction to hand it over if anyone arrived. The police did.”

Judge Guy Whitburn sentenced McKenna, of Ravenswood Road, Red House, to 36 weeks’ jail, suspended for two years.