A DRUG user was caught after police found his fingerprints on a black bag in a house raid on a suspected cannabis farm.
Police traced the print, found in a house in Jarrow, to Aiden Driver.
When officers turned up at his home, they found a cannabis bush worth £882 hidden in a greenhouse.
Driver, of Westernmoor, Blackfell, Washington, admitted possession of the Class B drug when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutor Keith Laidlaw said: “Police tracked the defendant down and searched his house, where they found cannabis in a box in his greenhouse.
“He admitted it was cannabis, but he had no involvement in anything at the other house.”
Driver told police he used the drug to “chill out”.
Geoffrey Forrester, mitigating, said it was all for his client’s own use.
Driver was fined £170.
Chairman of the bench Geoff Usher told him: “Think about your cannabis use.”