A cannabis dealer told police he would make it easy for them when they raided his home with a warrant.
Christopher Hey, 28, told them where they could find a tin filled with deals that he had already made up.
Hey, who had been selling cannabis bush from his Hartlepool address for two months, told them: “I’ll make it easy for you.”
He pointed them to a tin in the kitchen that held 50 wraps of £5 and £10 deals worth £415.
Prosecutor David Crook told Teesside Crown Court that Hey, who was then living in Alma Street, Hartlepool, said he had been forced to do it over a drugs debt.
He added: “He said that every two days a man who he would not name would supply him with his stock, and people called at his home to buy it and he made £20 to £30 profit on each ounce he sold. “
Hey had previous convictions beginning in 2001 for violence and burglary, but none for drugs offences.
Jim Withyman, defending, said that Hey was unemployed at the time but he is now working shifts, was in a settled relationship and he was maturing.
The judge Recorder Simon Batiste told Hey: “I am going to take a chance on you but if you breach it you will go into custody.”
Hey, now of Murray Street, Hartlepool, was given an eight-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, with 150 hours’ unpaid work and £400 costs after he admitted possessing a Class B drug with intent.