A routine traffic stop by police led to the arrest of a cannabis dealer.
Officers had intended to inspect a car driven by Lee Hansom but conducted a more thorough search after smelling cannabis, Teesside Crown Court heard.
“A patrol stopped the car in Kingsley Avenue in Hartlepool,” said Jenny Haigh, prosecuting. “Hansom was the driver, he had no drugs on his person.
“In the front foot well of the car there was a sports holdall which contained three envelopes.
“The contents of the envelopes were later examined and found to be cannabis.
“Also recovered was £365 in cash.”
The court heard texts on Hansom’s mobile phone indicated he had been buying and selling drugs.
Ms Haigh added: “The total amount of cannabis was 77.9g.
“It was divided into ounce deals, albeit each was slightly under weight.
“Police estimate the street value of the cannabis to be £779.”
Hansom, 26, of Wiltshire Way, Hartlepool, admitted possession of a class B drug with intent to supply it on January 14.
He has no previous convictions.
Garry Wood, defending, cut short his mitigation when Judge Michael Taylor indicated the sentence would be suspended.
Judge Taylor sentenced Hansom to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
The judge told him: “I am able to suspend the sentence because you had the good sense to plead guilty, and because you have never been in trouble before.
“Do this again, and you will go straight to prison.
“Keep out of trouble in future - now go away.”