South Shields woman jailed over supplying cannabis

Xiaoyan Chen, 27, formerly of Harton House Road in South Shields, who has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for drugs offences.
Xiaoyan Chen, 27, formerly of Harton House Road in South Shields, who has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for drugs offences.

A South Shields woman has been jailed after being found guilty of producing cannabis.

Xiaoyan Chen, 27, was convicted of two counts of producing the Class B drug at a trial at Durham Crown Court.

The offences dated back to June 2014, when Chen, a Chinese national, was first arrested along with a number of other people on suspicion of supplying cannabis which was being grown in the loft of a property in Dean Road in South Shields.

However, she failed to respond to police bail for the suspected offence in September of that year, with officers from Northumbria Police launching an appeal in January 2015 to locate her.

She had also gone by the name Lilly Wang or Xiao Wang Chen.

Chen, of Harton House Road in South Shields, was also found guilty of possession of identity records with improper intention and a bail act offence.

Judge Christopher Prince, recorder at the court, jailed her for four-and-a-half years.