A Garston man who was dealing drugs to fund his addiction was given today a suspended jail sentence.
Cameron Lewis, 27, was in the rear of a silver Vauxhall that was stopped by the police on the High Road in Leavesden.
Prosecutor Richard Potts told St Albans crown court that officers found a wallet with £423 inside.
He had 171 grams of cannabis, worth between £1600 and £1700, and two wraps of cocaine valued at between £40 and £60 on him.
When questioned, he said he was heavily under the influence of cocaine at the time of his arrest.
Mr Potts said when the police examined his phone, they found evidence of his drug dealing.
Lewis, of Starling Place, Boundary Way, appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply on the morning of July 4, 2019
On a basis of plea put before the court Lewis, who had six previous convictions for seven offences, said he was funding his own drug habit by supplying a small number of people.
Defending, Angharad Hughes said the father of three had started taking cocaine age 14.
She said he had suffered from a serious addiction to the extent that he had developed a hole in part of his nose.
But, since his arrest in 2019, she said he had done all he could to combat his addiction and had shown remorse.
Recorder Michael Roques told him: “A great deal of time has passed since the offence. You have made good use of that time.”
He passed a 24 month jail sentence suspended for 18 months. Lewis must complete a Thinking Skills Programme and 20 rehabilitation days. He also needs to pay £100 costs.