Simone Henderson has admitted never verifying the age of the people she sold cannabis to (file photo).

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Simone Henderson has admitted never verifying the age of the people she sold cannabis to (file photo).

A New Plymouth woman who sold lollipops containing cannabis to schoolchildren ran one of the busiest cottages in town, according to some of her neighbors.

Simone Henderson, 31, was sentenced to nine months house arrest after being arrested for drug possession and trafficking.

Neighbors of Henderson, who lives about 500 yards from New Plymouth Boys High School, describe her as running a brazen operation.

“There were cars coming and going all the time, it was obvious what was going on,” said one resident, who did not want to be named.

“Sometimes they would drop the bags of cannabis right out the window after the person handed over the money.”

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Another resident living nearby said that on some days the house seemed as busy as the Coronation Bakery as people entered and exited the property in full view of anyone passing on one of New York’s busiest thoroughfares. Plymouth.

“It was a little house that advertised itself,” she said. “It was like a park and a potty stop.”

Henderson was whipping up a batch of cannabis sweets when police arrived to search her home in June after learning she was selling the drug to schoolchildren.

Cannabis “gummy” lollipops, similar to these, were offered no questions asked.

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Cannabis “gummy” lollipops, similar to these, were offered no questions asked.

The scale of the operation became apparent to officers as they executed the search warrant.

A 17-year-old showed up at the house and asked the uniformed police if she could buy cannabis, which she had already done there.

The potential buyer was followed soon after by another would-be buyer, whom the police also had to turn away.

Henderson was preparing a batch of cannabis confectionery when police arrived at her home.

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Henderson was preparing a batch of cannabis confectionery when police arrived at her home.

During the search, officers found 36.9g of cannabis buds, some of which were packaged ready for sale, 15 cannabis oil gummy lollipops and leaf-shaped cannabis chocolates sitting in plates cooking utensils, as well as some that were in the refrigerator, packaged and ready for sale.

About 335g of cannabis “cabbage”, used to make the edibles, were also found.

While out on bail, Henderson continued to make and sell the edibles, even contacting potential buyers to tell them she had cannabis chocolates for sale.

Detective Jason Wright said he was relieved to stop Henderson’s operation.

“It is concerning that this illegal behavior involved school children and clearly bringing this operation to a halt is a great outcome for the community,” he said.

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Simone Henderson lived just 500 yards from New Plymouth Boys High School.

New Plymouth Boys High School principal Sam Moore could not be reached for comment.

To explain her offense, Henderson told police she was selling cannabis to help pay a $6,000 medical bill.

She had told the court that she suffered from chronic pain and used cannabis to treat herself.