A DEALER’S illegal drug stash was found when police pulled him over on suspicion of using his mobile phone while driving.
Officers stopped Jamie McCully on Fulwell Road, Sunderland, to ask if he had been using his phone and noticed a smell of cannabis as they were talking to him.
Newcastle Crown Court heard this led to a search of the car and a total of 19g of cannabis, along with 693 diazepam tablets being found under the driver’s seat, in a door pocket and in the tyre well.
The court heard officers searched his home and mobile phone as a result of what was found in the car, during the stop on April 30.
Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court: “He accepts he uses drugs and was supplying on a commercial basis, albeit on a relatively-small scale, of both drugs.”
Mr Recorder Simon Hirst sentenced McCully, 26, to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months with supervision and a three-month curfew.
The judge told him: “The mobile phone examination supports that it was relatively modest, dealing drugs to people known to you.”
Jamie Adams, defending, said McCully is now completely drug free and has been living a law-abiding life since his arrest seven months ago.
Mr Adams said McCully had started using cannabis after the death of his grandfather four years ago and is still in the grieving process.
McCully, of Plains Road, Plains Farm, Sunderland, admitted possession of cannabis and diazepam with intent to supply.