Colin Smith, of King Street, Southport, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Colin Smith, 38 from Southport was caught with around £1,700 worth of cannabis in his car has narrowly escaped going to jail.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that merseyside police stopped driving on Bold Street in the early hours of December 31, 2014.

Officers could smell cannabis and when the vehicle was searched officers found a mobile phone and three large bags of cannabis.

A police valuation estimated £1,700 to in the bags.

When interviewed Smith, who has no previous drugs convictions, explained that he had become a dealer following threats involving guns.

The judge sentenced him to 27 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered him to carry out 150 hours unpaid work.

Additionally the judge imposed a four month electronically monitored curfew between 10 – 8 am and ordered him to pay the £1000 prosecution costs and his own defence costs.


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