A drug dealer has been spared jail after police found £1,000 worth of cannabis inside his home.
Teesside Crown Court heard how an officer initially visited Shaun Turner’s property for an unconnected matter in which no further action was taken.
While they were there, they came across 179.6 grams of cannabis, scales and £500 in cash.
Rachel Masters, prosecuting, said a mobile phone was recovered from the 23-year-old.
The court in Middlesbrough heard how Turner was arrested and interviewed by police, following the visit on April 20 last year.
Ms Masters said: “In this police interview he admitted the cannabis was his.”
Turner, of Drayton Road, Hartlepool, admitted possession with intent to supply control drug class B and acquiring criminal property.
Stewart Haywood, defending, told the court: “In terms of circumstances, the defendant was a heavy user of cannabis.
“It’s fair to say he became tempted by the opportunity to make money by selling cannabis.
“Therefore he was selling directly to users, effectively as a street dealer.”
Mr Haywood told the court how Turner had no previous convictions.
Judge Stephen Ashurst told Turner that he has never previously troubled the courts.
He sentenced him to eight months in prison suspended for two years and ordered him to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
The judge said: “If, over the next two years, you commit no further offence and you do the unpaid work you will be able to draw a line under this offender and move on with your life.”