POLICE searching for a wanted man were astonished when they looked through the window of a house in Whitefield to see a group of people sitting at a table

Bolton Crown Court heard that the officers approached the house in Ringley Road on October 28 last year and saw two men and a woman through the front window.

Taxi driver Mohammad Kassim and Muhazam Ali and Danielle Condron were arrested and admitted playing a part in the supply of cannabis.

David Lees, prosecuting, said: “Officers went looking for a male whose last known address was in Ringley Road.

“When they arrived they looked through the window to see Kassim wearing gloves while handling vegetation matter on a table, which they believed was cannabis,” said Mr Lees.

“The defendants refused to answer the door and disappeared. Officers went around the back of the property where they gained entrance through the back door.”

The trio had fled upstairs but were caught by the officers.

“Cannabis was strewn across the floor and all three defendants were in the house and arrested,” said Mr Lees.

The court heard that a search of the property resulted in 6.7 kg of cannabis being found as well as various tools and gloves used to package the drug.

Mr Lees said Ali, aged 39, of Berwick Avenue, Whitefield, accepted he was involved for his own financial gain, but that his girlfriend, Condron, aged 33, of Ringley Road, Whitefield, and Kassim, aged 39, of Greenhill Road, Cheetham Hill, had ‘lesser roles’ in the operation.

The offenders pleaded guilty to being concerned in supplying cannabis and Ali was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years and must complete 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Kassim received a 12 month community order and must complete 100 hours of unpaid work whilst Condron was also given a 12 month community sentence and must complete 15 days of rehabilitation activities.

Sentencing, Judge Richard Gioserano said: “Ali is in the most serious position here and has previous convictions of drug trafficking, but since this he has a productive life and has started a successful career. It is to his credit that he has

turned it around.

“It is clear that Condron is a vulnerable woman who may be controlled by someone in or outside of the dock.

“You may be dominated by someone who you will not name and that is why I am including a rehabilitation activity requirement in your sentence.”