A drug dealer who was caught with £3,000 worth of stock and a wad of cash has been jailed.
Police discovered Sean Carroll’s illegal trade by chance after they went to his parents’ house to speak to another family member about something totally unrelated.
But Carroll, aged 26, got spooked and jumped over a fence as he tried to hide some of his cannabis in a neighbour’s garden.
Jenny Haigh, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “As the officers arrived at the front door, the defendant was seen to run out the back door, hop over a fence and go out of sight for a short period before returning.
“When the officers checked the next-door neighbour’s home they found drugs to the value of almost £900 in the garden.
“A further search of the house found a cannabis grinder, cannabis on top of the fridge and two bars of cannabis resin wrapped in film and sealed with adhesive tape in a chest of drawers.”
Next to the drugs in the chest, police also found a box containing £900 in £20 notes.
The total value of the drugs inside the house in Frederic Street, on Hartlepool’s Headland, came to £3,000, said Ms Haigh.
Carroll, of Firby Close, Hartlepool, tried to claim the drugs were just for his personal use.
But a jury did not believe him and convicted him of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply after a trial.
Andrew Teate, mitigating, said Carroll accepted prison was inevitable but said it would impact on his family, including his partner and two young children.
Sentencing Carroll to 15 months in prison, Recorder Eric Elliott QC said: “The jury found you just told them a pack of lies and tried to pull the wool over their eyes.
“Clearly you were a drug dealer and that calls for immediate imprisonment.”