A DRUG dealer who was caught peddling her wares outside a pre-school nursery has been spared jail.

Brazen dealer Teri Sanders, a court heard yesterday, was also the victim of 'cuckooing' - a process where drug dealers exploit others to use their premises for dealing.

The 31-year-old of Buckingham Road, Bicester, had already admitted supplying a class A drug and permitting the use of premises for the supply of class A drugs.

Oxford Crown Court heard at her sentencing hearing yesterday how on October 9 at about 3.30pm Sanders was spotted near a nursery giving 'an object' to a man in return for £20.

Suspicious, officers then went on to search the man and two wraps of cocaine were found on him.

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On visiting the woman's address they discovered more evidence of a drug dealing operation and it was revealed that the woman's premises had been used by others to deal drugs.

Prosecutors called the case an example of the practice of 'cuckooing.'

In mitigation defence barrister Rhianna Fricker said that her client had suffered problems from her early childhood and had later become addicted to class A drugs.

She said that at its worst Sanders was spending £100 on crack cocaine and heroin on a daily basis to feed her habit.

Sentencing, Judge Maria Lamb handed Sanders a two-year jail term, suspended for 18 months.

Sanders was also made subject to a drug rehabilitation requirement for nine months and must complete 20 days rehabilitation activity requirement.