User hid drug in his fridge

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A MAN who was caught with £880-worth of cannabis at his home has escaped a jail sentence.

 Police found bags of cannabis and skunk in the garden and kitchen when they searched Shaun Dees’ address in Lambton, Washington, last June.

 Prosecution barrister John Brennan told Newcastle Crown Court yesterday that officers discovered the drug behind some wood and in the 25-year-old’s kitchen fridge.

 Two plastic bags were found in the garden – one contained 22 grams of cannabis resin and the other 169 grams.

 Mr Brennan told the court: “In the kitchen, in the fridge, they found a razor case which contained a quantity of resin and foil packages.”

 Two further bags of the drug were discovered in a kitchen cupboard.

 The total hoard was worth £880.

 Dees, who pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and skunk with intent to supply last month, was handed a prison sentence of 12 months, suspended for 12 months.

 He was also ordered to undertake 80 hours’ unpaid work and to pay £250 in court costs.

 In mitigation, Jamie Adams said: “This is a man who clearly is not a regular offender.”

 Judge Roger Thorn added that he hoped Dees, whose address was given in court as Alnwick Court, Oxclose, Washington, would give up his £300-a-month drug habit to pay court costs.