A BURTON window cleaner caught supplying cannabis to pals has escaped with a suspended jail sentence.
Police found more than six ounces of the drug and associated paraphernalia, plus £760 in cash, during a raid on the home of Adrian King on November 26 last year.
Most of the cannabis was in a plastic tub containing two bags and there was a further small amount in the house, said Mr Kevin Jones, prosecuting.
King, 41, of Richmond Street, Burton, who admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply, was given a six-month sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid community work.
In a basis of plea, King said he had collected the two bags of cannabis totalling about six ounces for himself and two friends.
He had paid £300 for his own two ounces and his pals had paid separately for their amounts.
King said he had intended to sell some of his share to other friends to help pay for the drug.
Steve Hennessy, defending, told Stafford Crown Court: “His conduct and drug dependency have had a significant negative impact on his family.
“He has effectively squandered his own income on his own needs rather than the needs of his family – they haven’t had a family holiday for years and he accepts the blame for that.
“His wife of 22 years works hard, but his habit and selfish attitude meant Mrs King has had to work all the harder to make up the deficit.
“It’s about time he made changes and he accepts that fact.”
King had taken up the offer of assistance straight after his arrest.
“He is committed to a change in his lifestyle,” said Mr Hennessy, handing three character references on behalf of King to the court, including one from East Staffordshire borough councillor Bill Ganley.